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Joshua couple, infant daughter survive storms as home gets torn apart

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A Joshua couple and their infant daughter had a close call Thursday, when North Texas storms tore the family’s mobile home apart.

The homeowners knew about the weather, and they were paying attention, but when it hit so quickly and so hard, all they could do was hold on and pray.

"It sounded like a freight train coming through, and then the whole house blew over,” said Joshua resident Kelsi White-Fryer.

White-Fryer says it all happened within seconds.

"The whole trailer shook, and then I saw a bright light, and then the roof was gone and the house was blown over,” she said. “I mean, that was it…it was scary.”

Immediately, she and her husband went looking for their 1-month-old baby, Alexis, whom, moments before, was sleeping in a back bedroom.

"I just saw her face bleeding and I didn't know she was cut, so I just called 911 said she was cut and something hit her in her arm, and they said it was just a little cut on her eye,” said White-Fryer. “They said she'll probably have a black eye for a couple of days."

The violent winds ripped off the roof, knocked down the walls on one side and scattered debris onto the next block.

"With a tornado, you would expect to see that with the wind swirling, that you would have debris everywhere in a swirling pattern, but that's not here,” said Jamie Moore, Johnson County emergency management coordinator. “It's all in one direction, and that's very indicative of straight line winds."

The Red Cross has stepped in, and White-Fryer and her husband will re-group.  And if this is the worst that happened to them, they're OK with that.

"I know it happened; it just hasn't sunk in,” said White-Fryer. “I'm more concerned about her than I am about everything else right now."

The family has gone to a relative’s home.

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