ELGIN, Texas -- Strong winds literally threw Judy Ellis' roof into the backyard.
"The wind and rain were so loud, I didn't hear it come off," Ellis said.
Ellis said around 6:30 Wednesday night, a storm blew in without warning.
"All of a sudden it turned white outside from all the rain coming down so hard, fast. As we were standing in the kitchen looking out the front door, I saw a tree coming toward the house, and as quick as it started, it quit."
She went upstairs to the office where she works from home to look for her dogs.
"And that's when I noticed no roof," said Ellis.
Strong winds ripped the roof off her home, throwing it into the backyard. The rain dumped an inch of water onto her computer and inside her bedroom.
Ellis isn't the only homeowner with damage. The roof of the carport next door was crumpled and tossed nearly 25 feet. Across the street, pieces of a barn litter the field.
"I'd rather do without the rain and kept my buildings in tact," said farmer Nathan Smith.
Those are words you rarely hear from a farmer, but Smith doesn't have insurance on his family's 60-year-old sweet potato farm.
He said the storm destroyed two small barns, tore the roof off two others and damaged a barn wall.
"The red shed, the south wall was taken off the slab, moved to the south about three feet off the slab," explained Smith.
Now Smith and his family will have to repair the barn out of pocket.
"Just a bunch of hard work. Sweat, blood and tears. Just a part of farming," he said.
Smith has lived in the area for nearly 50 years and said he's never seen a storm quite like the one Wednesday night.
Ellis agreed. She bought her home in 1992. Then it was a shack that she is slowly turning into her dream house, and though she's had a major set back, she said she is not discouraged.
"It's a step backwards, but we'll recover it and rebuild it. Not much else you can do," said Ellis.