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Katrina victims lose Memphis home to storms

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tragedy has struck again for a couple who lost their home during Hurricane Katrina.

Memphis transplants Eddie Gowens and his wife, Cathy James, say they're grateful to have survived after straightline winds Friday night pushed a 100-year-old oak tree right through their carport, crushing their home and new truck.

Powerful storms wreacked havoc throughout the Mid-South, downing trees and power lines and causing damage to homes and businesses.

"I thought it was a tornado. I thought we was fixin' to die," said Gowens.

The couple was grilling outside next to the carport when the storm struck. They made it safely inside just before the tree fell.

"I grabbed her when I saw everything caving in," said Gowens. "I grabbed her and we went running into the house, and everything was falling in behind us."

Gowens says he and James were renting their home and don't have insurance.

"We moved here temporarily to try to get set up in Memphis, and now this has happened," he said.

On top of everything, Gowen is battling cancer, and his wife says she's trying her best to cope with so much tragedy.

"I'm frustrated, I'm scared, I'm worried, I'm in shock," said James.

Now the couple is forced to pick up the pieces one more time.

A neighbor is allowing them to stay in the house next door until they can find another place to live.

But James says she and her husband will get through these trying times together.

"We've made it 20 years together, so we can take just about anything," she said.

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