03/16/2012 07:58 am ET

Huron Farms Residents Come Together After Dexter Tornado

By Sharon Carty

I don't know what to say.

As a journalist since graduating college in 1995, I have been around a lot of disasters. A plane crash into a row of condominiums. A train derailment. House fires, apartment fires, floods. In order to be a good journalist, you have to keep calm, cool and a little bit detached.

But it's so much harder to do when the disaster hits your home. I've lived in Orchard River Hills and Huron Farms for the past 10 years, and count many of my neighbors as my closest friends. The tornado that hit our neighborhood Thursday flattened several homes, destroyed maybe two dozen and severely damaged countless more.

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