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Storm damage in the NRV with tree ripping through

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The sky quickly turned dark Thursday afternoon, with rain falling hard and wind whipping almost as loud as thunder.

Mother nature had no mercy, especially on a house in Blacksburg. The owner is 84-year-old Russell Cupp.

"I thought the whole house was maybe going to come down with how loud it was," Cupp says.

A tree about 70-feet tall, ripped right through his home on Grissom Lane.

Russelll was inside his garage at the time. The wind blew the garage door shut, and with no light, he had to climb to get out of the garage. He then, found a gapping hole through his living room when he got out.

"You can see it just tore everything up," Cupp says.

The home was actually built for Cupp through the Blacksburg Housing Rehabilitation program five years ago. He says a lot of what's inside was donated to him by people in the community. Before this home, he had never lived in a house with running water and electricity.

"I had a lot of stuff in there and it's just damaged now," Cupp says.

While Cupp wasn't the only one feeling dealing with damage.

Over at Virginia Tech, people worked to pick up broken tree limbs scattered across campus.

"It was pretty intense. Limbs were going everything and were snapping and swirling," Virginia Tech employee, Jason Elvington says. "It was pretty scary."

Many people in the community had the same though.

Trees can be picked up, houses can be repaired, they are just glad no one was seriously hurt.

For Russell, he says he isn't too phased. He's seen it all.

"I'm used to it. In 84 years, I'm used to stuff just happening," Cupp says.

A good spirit is what will keep everyone moving forward with people hoping for less rain and more sun will come are way.

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