RIDGWAY -- Ridgway residents woke to find major damage in town Wednesday. Some took shelter, some had roofs removed over their heads, some were driving and some slept right through it.
Heath Drone was asleep on his couch when Wednesday morning's tornado tore the roof away.
The peak of the roof was above him and the roof ripped apart at the peak.
"I just got lucky," he said.
Drone said the tornado came through so fast he finds it difficult to describe.
"By the time it woke me up and I got dressed, it was so loud. Before I could think what was going on it was already over," Drone said.
Drone came outside. The roof was gone, the back window of his vehicle had blown through and it was dented and scratched.
He checked on his neighbors and they were unhurt.
Now he needs to figure out where to live.
"The next step is to get the stuff moved out and figure out where I'll stay until it's fixed," Drone said.
Stories of the Ridgway storm are varied. Some were prepared in a safe shelter, some had roofs torn off from above their heads and some slept in their beds, oblivious to the destruction until dawn.
Robin Rodriguez slept while the storm broke windows out of her neighbor's apartment at the Gallatin County Housing Authority.
Rodriguez said she had a premonition.
"Somebody told me to anoint the door," she said.
She anointed the front door, back door and prayed. She woke up and then realized pieces of the old popcorn factory were in the yards around her.
She and fellow housing authority resident Kathleen Brown say they are finding new signs of damage every day like sticks shoved into the ground by the force of winds.
"Every time you turn around there are more things you notice," Brown said.
"I didn't notice the bricks until today."
She and her dog went into the hallway during the tornado and were safe with only tree limbs down and cosmetic damage to the exterior nearby apartments.
John Roberts was driving on Ridgway/Eldorado Road when the storm hit.
"I saw horizontal rain and winds, but it was too dark to see a tornado," he said.
He drove straight through the storm without damage, apparently missing the tornado.
"I had the truck floored and was doing 40 mph," Roberts said.
His daughters, Makyleigh and Makenzie Roberts, were at home and were scared. They heard popping and cracking and things bumping into the home. They took cover and were safe.
Don Lutz of Sycamore Street had cleared some trees on his property and decided to leave two of them. Wednesday morning one of those pecans was broken off and on the roof of his shed.
Lutz and his wife, Emma, received phone call from their daughter at 5 p.m. She reported the tornado had come through Harrisburg and the two went to the east end of Sycamore Street to take shelter with others.
The storm did not cause damage on the southeast end of town.
"I told them at 6:30 a.m. we dodged it. I found out differently. When we went down the street we were dodging trees. It was hard to get around," Lutz said.
He went to check on the Methodist Church that he belongs to and that was when he saw St. Joseph's Catholic Church was a brick rubble. Then he saw the True Value was ruined and the American Legion and Gallatin County Farm Bureau off had their roofs blown off, the post office windows were blown out and the Gallatin County Ambulance house was destroyed.
The broken pecan tree was a blow to Monty Baker of Eldorado who remembered as a kid eating the pecans grown in that tree.
He and girlfriend Lovey Stunson were fixing up a house Baker owns in Ridgway as a retirement home. They had one room left to remodel when Wednesday's tornado blew the roof off the house.