CLAREMONT, NC (WBTV) - The town of Claremont in Catawba County is recovering after Tuesday night's storms left many buildings damaged and some people homeless.
Damage was so severe that a two shelters were opened overnight: Cooksville Fire Department and Claremont Elementary School.
In one area of Claremont, part of a building's roof collapsed and crews have been removing the debris most of the morning.
A lot of power came with the storm -- enough to topple over the trailers to semis -- several of them.
Also here in town, just behind the mom and pops Country Ham building -- more destruction -- tall and heavy trees snapped in half in seconds.
There also more direct hits -- one on a man's home. Both he and his girlfriend rode out the storm together.
When they heard that noise coming, she thought it was a train but he knew exactly what was coming.
"It sounded like a train coming and I told my girlfriend that's not a train and we hit the floor and by the time it was all said and done about 15 seconds later this is what we were left with," said Mike Olsen, a Claremont resident. "This was the 3rd one I've been through, I didn't like the first two and I didn't like this one either."
Quite a lot of damage is what they were left with.
Olsen's girlfriend's car is buried under a tree -- but again, both of them survived as did everyone else here in Claremont.
Mike Olsen says he'd much rather replace material things because he can't replace life.