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Storm damages sweet potato farm

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Nathan Smith lives on Potato Smith Road...and you guessed it. Mr. Smith grows potatoes -- sweet potatoes that is -- for HEB. His family has owned the farm for generations and he says no storm has ever done as much damage to the place as this one did -- blowing a lot of roofing off of his storage buildings.

His son saw the whole thing.

"He said he was coming up the road and it felt like his truck got lifted up and he just said that it went from rain and the wind just came from nowhere," Smith said.

And that same wind tore the roof off of Judy Ellis's house right down the road, leaving her bedroom in surprisingly good shape for what happened.

"Yeah, power did not go off. None of the breakers blew. I started pulling plugs out, trying to turn off the ups, threw all the breakers off," Ellis said.

Ellis says her pets are fine but if the storm had hit an hour earlier she would have been in her room working.

Meanwhile, at Smith's farm, he spent most of the day on the phone trying to get things fixed.

He says they're going to work on the red barn first and hopefully put some temporary tarps on the other.

"All our storage capacity is gone right now until we can repair the front building," Smith said.

One of the major challenges is pulling a wall back on the slab.

Smith says as far as business goes, they've gotta keep going.

And even though he estimates the damage to be around 10 Grand, IF they do all the work themselves, he's really not all that upset about the storm.

"Not really because I believe in God and he has a reason for everything. I went home and read the book of Job or the first chapter last night and I thought it's better than what he had. I still have my family," Smith said.

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