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Animated grandmother describes surviving tornado in Cobb

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Zaniffa Ali said she was home alone and frightened when a tornado ripped through her son's yard in East Cobb, toppling about a dozen trees Thursday night. 

Ali said she was hiding behind a door as she saw the tornado through the skylight in the living room. 

"I saw it up there. It was just looking at me. I saw the big round cloud and a black little eye in the middle," said Ali.  

She said the funnel cloud was turning up debris in the yard and was so loud she couldn't hear herself scream. Trees fell on the family's porch and demolished a nearby shed.

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado, with winds topping 110 mph, touched down near the Cherokee-Cobb county line, traveled southeast through Cobb and ended in Sandy Springs, Fulton County.

The sound of chainsaws could be heard throughout the Creek Lake neighborhood Friday. Tree removal crews spent the day removing limbs from rooftops. A crew supervisor said workers have a list of jobs to complete that will take them until at least tomorrow to complete.

A downed power line on Pathview Lane left residents without electricity into Friday afternoon. 

"I felt like the whole house was going to turn over," said Ali.  "I couldn't even hear my voice because I heard everything from outside making the noise so loud, like a beast." 

Ali was not hurt.

As of Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported no injuries or fatalities from the tornado.

A separate tornado in Cherokee County injured 9 people. 

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