LANCASTER (CBSDFW.COM) – Willie Conley walked through a window of devastation when he came home to his severely damaged home in Northeast Lancaster.

The 71-year-old purchased his home a month ago. Conley came back to find his roof was gone and the side of his house had crumbled to the ground, and with it, his spirits. “It’s tough for me. I’m almost too old to buy another house,” said Conley

As the sun set over the devastated neighborhood, residents found themselves picking through what little they had left after Tuesday’s fierce tornado.

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A window into a world of devastation one day after a tornado tears through Lancaster. (Photo by Jay Gormley, CBSDFW.COM)

Gwendolyn Edwards has lived in her home for 27 years. Her house has been reduced to a mere shell. Edwards says the damage is far worse than the damage caused by the 1994 tornado that ripped through Lancaster.

“I sat on the curb and cried,” explained Edwards, as she held back tears. There are just some things I won’t be able to get back. It’s not that I’m not grateful for being alive. It’s just that there’s so many things and memories lost. They can rebuild the house and it still won’t be the same,” added Edwards.

Edwards and her neighbors had only a few hours to gather what they could before sun went down.

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Lancaster residents pick through the remains of their homes after Tuesday's tornado. (Photo by Jay Gormley, CBSDFW.COM)

The Mayor of Lancaster says 300 homes suffered some sort of damage. Residents who live in 150 of those houses are not allowed back into their neighborhood because the damage is too severe.

The other half who managed to return home, came back to the harsh reality that their lives will never be the same.

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