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Wilbraham tornado victim hit again by storm

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Heather Mercier lives in Wilbraham. That town only had several homes damaged by the tornadoes and she happened to be one of the unlucky few.

"It took out our living room, kitchen, bedroom, a deck and a swimming pool," Mercier says regarding the June 1 tornado.

Heather spent the last two months rebuilding. Blue tarps patch her roof and the debris is now an afterthought as it sits in the big dumpster. Mercier was nearly done moving into her modular trailer a few feet away. Things were finally looking up for her, until Tuesday afternoon.

"You could see it, it was like a dust ball," she says.

That "dust ball" was raging toward her home at 60 miles per hour. The path of destruction whipped up branches and leaves.

"All of a sudden we heard the crack and it was boom, boom, everywhere trees were coming down," she says.

Those forceful winds were exactly what took out her home in June. This time, it took her trailer out.

"The tree completely uprooted and it collapsed on my trailer," Mercier says.

At a press conference Tuesday night, town selectmen are classifying what happened here as a microburst.

"It was some kind of microburst. We're not sure if it was a microburst or a tornado, but MEMA is sending in experts tomorrow," says Wilbraham selectman Patrick Brady.

If it was a tornado or microburst, it caused massive damage. Mercier tours her second disaster zone with her nephew, Jack. The roots of the trees are bigger than she is, but she's worried the scope of the damage, is bigger than her too.

"I was so busy cleaning up from June, I don't think we even know what we're up against now," she says.

Fire crews were going door to door as soon as the tornado warning passed to make sure everyone was safe. No injuries were reported in Wilbraham. Officials say the tree removal process could last weeks.

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