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Tornado touches down in Cherokee County

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Ken Leeds, his wife and their three daughters were home Thursday when a tree came crashing through their roof.

"We're just really lucky," said Leeds.

The Leeds live on Highway 140 in Cherokee County. He and his wife stood outside their home Friday and watched as a tree company cut and hoisted the tree off their home.

"My wife was cooking dinner. My daughter went in the kitchen window to look at the storm out the window and came back in the living room," said Leeds. "Just as she came back in, the tree came through the roof."

The close call frightened his daughter.

"She's scared but we keep reminding her that she was walking out of the kitchen. She could have easily been right there when it fell," said Leeds.

Their home is one of several houses and businesses in Cherokee County that trees fell on. Trees also fell on power lines, across roadways and on cars.

"The National Weather Service was out today and they have determined that there is an EF-1 tornado with about 100 mph winds that came through," said Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jay Baker.

Baker said it knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses and injured at least nine people.

"We had at least two cars where people were inside the vehicles and trees fell on it," said Baker. "The nine injuries were minor, nothing serious."

Baker says the county's 911 center received more than 500 calls within an hour on Thursday.

"A lot of people were terrified. It was definitely a scary storm that blew through here," said Baker.

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