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Extreme Weather in USA on Friday, 01 February, 2013 at 05:37 (05:37 AM) UTC.

The roof of a Fall River, Mass. school incurred significant damage Thursday and a full structural assessment of the building needs to be done. Much of the debris landed here in a nearby backyard. Fall River's school spokesman told NECN it is possible that students will not return to this building this year. What's left of the roof of Resiliency Prep School is flapping in what's left of a powerful winter wind storm. It blew through Fall River, Mass. overnight, and left rubble behind. "A friend came over and he said, 'there's police on your back deck.' I said, 'what?' And I looked out the window and that's when I saw it. I was like 'oh my goodness," said Robyn Berube-Goncalo.

It wasn't until the light of day that neighbors got a look: A roof in a backyard. It wasn't just shingles from a nearby house, but a good part of the top of the 105-year-old school thrown from a football field away. "It's amazing that there was no one out there, and as you can see, there's a bunch of kids' toys under there, so it's actually amazing it happened in January and not some other time of year," Brandy Joyce said. A view from the air shows how significant the damage was and how fortunate the neighborhood is that no one was hurt. A few blocks up the hill, crews are working through the evening to fix a roof and siding because of holes in a home the damaging winds created. It was 6:30 in the morning, a towering limb from this beech tree, on its own larger than many entire trees, snapped and came to rest on top of the house.

Damage to the roof, the eaves, some of the interior, as well. "We have a third floor apartment, we figured if it went though the second floor it must have hit the third floor. We went up there and there was literally the skylight in the living room, and it was still raining at the time so, it was water pouring in," said Allison Sirois. And at RPS, an alternative high school with 215 students, kids will not be in school tomorrow but the district will let them know where they will go to school, a temporary location starting Monday.

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