Three separate storms hit Smyth County in Virginia over the weekend, leaving thousands without power and roadways blocked.
Power company workers are working as quickly as possible to restore power and residents are doing the best they can to fend for themselves.
Heather Rhodes and her family were already on edge after storms hit the area on Friday and Saturday at their home in Marion, Virginia.
But a laid-back Sunday afternoon was suddenly a dire emergency when a large tree fell on their home. "It was the obvious loud boom and the first thing I thought was, 'oh my God, the kids and grandma,'" Heather Rhodes said. "So I ran upstairs and got them to the basement, we all just rode out the rest of the storm in the basement."
Once the storm blew over the Rhodes family realized they had severe damage to their home that would take weeks to repair. The kids and grandma were sent to stay with relatives in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, the Rhodes' generator is hooked directly to the main fuse box. They are making the most of a bad situation to say the least.
As they make the most of things, the Rhodes still have many trials and tribulations before they can put this catastrophe behind them. "It's just red tape. You've got to do this, this and this and jump through this hoop or that hoop," Rhodes said. "Our insurance agent has helped us out more than we could ever ask for."
This is just one family of thousands affected by some of the strongest storms to hit the region in quite some time.