Tornado sends tree through Tomball woman's house

Tomball woman left picking up memories after tornado sends tree through house

TOMBALL, Texas – Family and friends spent Thursday packing up 21 years of memories from Juanita Slayton’s home at the intersection of Willow Way and Willow Path near Tomball. Slayton was awake, lying in bed, when the tornado blew down a tree -- sending it right through the middle of her home.

"It was all of a sudden. The rain came. And all of a sudden I heard hail, and right after that it really felt like a freight train was just going through my home," Slayton said.

The storm hit on her 51st birthday. Slayton says her home is beyond repair. For now, she will stay with family. Her five dogs will live with her brother in San Antonio.

James Caldwell, Slayton’s brother said, "It hit in the middle...boom...knocked them up and threw everything in the house all over the place. Knocked it off of the stilts."

There is progress all up and down Willow Way. Homes surgically cut in half by falling trees still have holes, but the tall pines are gone.

Just down the street, a neighbor, 62-year-old Bonnie Fleishman, died when trees fell on her home. It's a reminder to those left -- they've suffered, but they are survivors.

Slayton added, "Right now, get all of my personal stuff out. And...one day at a time."