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Johns Island community faces aftermath of tornado

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JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

Johns Island families and crews are cleaning up their community after a tornado early Friday morning left several homes damaged and debris all over the area.

Most of the 4,000 residents without power now have it restored.

"After my mom came through I was not so scared," said Mason Brown, a young boy who recalled what it was like when he heard the tornado. After seeing the destruction Mason is thankful for one thing. 

"But we were still okay," he said.

The community has been working to get the area looking like it did before the destruction. 

"It looked like a war zone I mean trees were everywhere, debris, limbs, my son's trampoline was entangled back here in the trees," Jennifer Brown said.

Brown lives on Brownswood road where crews have been cleaning all day.

Cindy Brown lives on Maybank Highway where the damage done was more spotty.

"I've been trying to find out who to go [to], where to go, who to talk to," she said. "The porch it's totaled, it just lifted the room right off of it, it took the whole center piece out of it."

Over on Sonny Boy Lane, Daniel Hatchell, a local tree service worker, said he left vacation to return to Johns Island to help clean.

"I was raised here...I come home to make sure everybody was alright and then it's amazing how these trees are almost leveled," Hatchell said.

Hatchell said it will take about a month for tree and debris cleanup followed by a couple of months of more detailed work like removing damaged branches from standing trees.

"I just want to thank everyone that was very supportive of us, but we've seen a lot of people just stop and bring food to us and make sure we were okay," Shaquell McKinnies said.

Many families have been getting help from one another in the community, but if you ever need additional assistance you can reach out to the Red Cross at (843) 764-2323. The services are available 24 hours a day. 

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