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Jones family spared their lives, but lost three homes

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STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Clothes are draped outside Jason Jones's home. Most everything inside is destroyed, but he is counting his blessings.

"My oldest daughter said this could be the worst Christmas and I said, 'No baby, we are alive,'" Jason said with tears rolling down his face. "I'm thankful for that."

Jason, his pregnant wife and two young children were inside a closet of their home when the roof blew off.

"We were there for only a few seconds and my wife saw daylight through the ceiling. And we moved away from that area next to my bed and I pulled a mattress over them, and that's where we waited it out," Jason said.

His brother, Jeremy, his wife and three children lived in a trailer next door and also had to think fast

"We heard they had tornado warnings out on the news," Jeremy said, "We left home here and went to my father's."

Not even the structure of the trailer remains is intact. Their belongings lay across the yard and in the pond.

Tony Jones credits the good Lord for guiding his son and family to his home to take shelter.

"We got inside a small bathroom, hunkered down." Tony paused and a few tears fell as he said, "We started praying and the Lord was with us."

Tony's roof is almost completely off the house, parts of the ceiling hang inside, but the strong winds never touched the ceiling above the bathroom.

Jeremy said, "Thankfully everyone is alright. The things we can replace."

Jason agreed, "We are blessed."

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