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One year later, Ammon still copes with killer twisters

AMMON, NC (WWAY) — It’s been one year since a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak ripped through the small Bladen County community of Ammon. The tornadoes leveled homes and killed three people.

“Woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, and it’s gone,” Henry Robinson of Ammon said one year later as he remember the storms that ravaged his town. “That woo, woo, woo, it has changed this community a whole lot.”

Robinson was born and raised in Ammon. He had just walked in the door when the tornado he says sounded like a train hit his street, killing three of his neighbors and friends.

Ammon resident Douglas Smith said he’s so thankful the tornadoes did not hit his home, but because Ammon is such a close-knit community, he still felt the blow.

“What was there was gone,” Smith said. “It just devastated the whole place up there.”

Smith said the fear of more severe weather is a constant.

“Always,” he said. “Every time a cloud comes up.”

While there are still remnants of devastation, community members say the past year has brought restoration.

“Got together and cleaned up the place out there, got all the debris out, and joined together,” Smith said.

Robinson said, “This was a devastating thing that happened, but we got to be strong. Other people in the community got to pull together as people. And it’s glory.”

Volunteers are helping rebuild one of the homes that was completely demolished in last year’s storm.

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