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Alleged dust devil rips apart roof and garage near Twain, Nellis

Posted at 12:00 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 03:23:13-04
Chopper 13 was fast and first over the scene of a home that was damaged by an alleged dust devil near Twain Avenue and Nellis Boulevard.
Husband and wife Timothy and Rhonda Mikulich were both inside their home when the twister-like formation appeared.
"I could see the dirt devil coming then I could hear the noise and I saw pieces of awning flying and I thought it was going to come through my window," said Rhonda Mikulich.
Her husband, Timothy, ran to her as she was in hysterics, worrying the dust devil-like wind was going to enter their home.
"It was horrible. It scared the living day lights out of me." Rhonda said.
The Mikulichs waited three or four minutes until it was all over and then went outside to see the damage. They say the entire awning that was once their carport and their covered porch was all over their yard and surrounding yards.
"It just flew in the air. People were saying the awnings were flying in the air," Timothy said.
The National Weather Service says the hot and windy conditions were perfect for this formation to be considered a dust devil, but they can't confirm it was officially a dust devil since they have not been out to the scene to inspect it and study it.