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Tallahassee family takes stock, cleans up after storm

Posted at 8:15 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 08:15:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thursday's storms across Tallahassee brought storms all over Leon County including at the Schimpf family home.

A tree branch fell across their car, and that's not the only damage they witnessed.

"That's when I saw a massive funnel cloud," said Matt Schimpf, "and then all the trees decided to touch the ground."

"We were on the back porch and we looked to the left, and we could see it coming," Nanette Schimpf said.

For Scott, Nanette, and Matt Schimpf, Thursday's weather was unlike anything they'd ever seen. Its nothing they want to see again.

"Never do it again," Matt Schimpf said. "Scratch it off the bucket list. One time and we're done!"

"There's a huge old pine tree in the backyard that just went immediately," said Nanette Schimpf. "That was the first thing we actually saw fall."

"It picked that one up and twisted it," Scott Schimpf said. "Threw it over the backyard."

Despite the damage to cars and some downed trees, the family home was untouched.

"We're extremely lucky," said Scott Schimpf. "If it would have been 100 feet this direction, it would have gone right through the house."

With clean-up their biggest concern, the Schimpfs are thankful for others who have already stepped up to help.

"This is Tallahassee," Nanette Schimpf said. "This is one of the reasons why we love Tallahassee, we love to serve our community. They give back. There's no better place to live."

The Schimpf family is happy to be safe and healthy. They said they'll call their insurance adjusters, figure out everything and get everything cleaned up Friday.