Franklin Comes Together After Storm

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FRANKLIN, Texas  Cleanup is underway after an EF-3 tornado struck Franklin, leaving heavy devastation.Hundreds continue without power as energy companies bring in additional employees to help. One man shocked after losing his childhood home.

“Its crazy because I lived here all my life and this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this in this town, says Roger Fulton, a native resident.

Fulton says he left the area just 5 minutes before the tornado hit.

“I dropped my kids off and was stuck on highway 79 when the high winds started picking up,” he says.

Officials say the high winds created a lot of damage.

“55 residences completely destroyed, 2 churches, 4 businesses, a set of duplexes,” says Billy Huggins, Emergency Crew Coordinator for Robertson County.

Electricity is out for most of the county but Huggins says crew are working quickly to restore power.

We’re hoping by morning to a majority other than about 600 residences,” he continues.

Almost a mile and a half away together is evident as food trucks from across Texas came out to help those in need.

“Just being there with a free meal is kind of a relief to them and just listening to what they might be going through and offering prayer,” says the owner of Feed The Need.

Huggins says he is grateful for all the help.

“I thank everybody for coming together and helping out and pitching in and trying to get stuff cleaned up,” he says.

Officials say cleanup efforts in the area could take weeks.

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