The tears had just begun to slowly roll down Danielle Sheelar's cheeks when her thoughts turned to Fozzie and Brandy.
"My dogs. My dogs. I have to get to my dogs," Sheelar pleaded to her mother and sister, who tried desperately to keep her from entering her house.
Sheelar had left home early Monday for her job in the billing unit at a hospital. Shortly after she arrived there, relatives contacted her and told her to rush home because something terrible had happened.
The fast-moving storm that caused serious damage to some homes but left others unscathed had left its calling card at 1396 Belleview Blvd.
One of the massive 27-year-old oak trees Sheelar's husband planted when he was a boy had split in half. One-half was atop their garage and roof, the other half was on the front lawn.
Another tree was uprooted across the lawn. A red swing shaped like an airplane lay sideways between the tree and the grass.
Danielle's father, Frank Denton, was the first family member to arrive at the damaged home.
"I've never seen anything like this," he said as other stunned relatives walked around the home to survey the damage.
Minutes later, Sheelar arrived in her gold Honda Civic.
While other relatives heeded the advice of officials to keep out of the house, Danielle had to get inside to rescue Fozzie and Brandy.
"I was so afraid that if the house caught fire, (the dogs) may not get out," she said.
Sheelar was able to take a quick look inside the house. The windows were intact and there was some water damage, she said.
"It looks okay in there," she said as the dogs sat in the back seat of her car.