Robin Huey woke Wednesday morning to a roaring wind and rain blowing in the bedroom window of her apartment on Kaiser Street in Bremen, where she has lived since 2009.
She got up on her knees in her bed to close the window and look outside. Seconds later a tree came crashing through her bedroom ceiling, one of three that fell at the complex of apartment buildings.
“The whole house was just shaking,” Huey said. “I had no warning.”
Minutes after the tree hit, as she and her neighbor were getting ready to call 911, that’s when the storm siren went off, she said.
The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Haralson County at 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday, said Nikole Listemaa, senior forecaster for the Peachtree City office of the weather service. It ended at 8:15 a.m. as the storm passed.
Bremen fire Chief Jason Hurley said the fire department received a call about the trees down on the apartment at 7:45 a.m.
“The tree had fallen on two of the units,” Hurley said. “We removed one so people could access their apartments.”
Luckily there were no injuries, he said.
Listemaa can’t say for certain that it was a tornado that knocked down the trees at Huey’s apartment complex.
“At this point, it’s still radar indicated,” she said.
But the service sent a crew to Haralson County on Thursday to survey the damage and try to make a determination, Listemaa said.
Everyone else was out of Huey’s building, which has four apartments, on Wednesday afternoon, Huey said. The power was out and the tree was still leaning on the apartment as she tried to recover some items before going to the Holiday Inn Express in Bremen.
She has insurance and counts herself lucky to be able to go to a hotel, Huey said.
Her bed was covered with insulation. A large piece of the bedroom ceiling covered the headboard and rested on the mattress where she had been sleeping moments before the tree fell. Rain fell freely through a gaping hole in the roof.
“Puts a whole new perspective on things,” Huey said as she packed things in her vehicle. “I feel God had his arms around me; so I feel blessed.”
The same storm that caused the damage in Haralson County also caused damage in Heard, Harris and Talbot counties, Listemaa said.