By Andrea Lucia

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ROWLETT (CBS11) – Tornado sirens give Tina Giles a chill.

Fifteen years ago, she lost her father.

He was the only person killed in a tornado that struck Lake Whitney.

“He was at home. His house took a direct hit and he was killed,” she said.

As a tornado cut through Rowlett on December 26th, she made a dash for her closet, taking shelter with her dogs.  She sat fearing the house would fall down on her.
The tornado ripped off her chimney and left a hole in a roof, but it spared her.

“I was just… I was freaking out,” she said.

Giles says it was the longest minute of her life, but she survived.

The damage to her house was minor compared to what some neighbors saw.

She’ll never underestimate the power of tornadoes, though.

In her life, they’ve already proven twice just how destructive they can be.

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