"It didn't show no mercy when it hit that's for sure," said Hamel.
Late in the afternoon, the family was still waiting on a call.
“Family members went out rafting,” said Hamel. “We still haven’t heard from them.
Hamel and McGill say they were standing on the backyard patio when the storm hit, but it hit so quickly, they didn't have time to get to the outdoor entrance to the basement. All they could do was run to the safest part of the house.
"We have a little office, and we sat in there, and waited for it to pass. It sounded like a freight train going over," said Hamel.
Finally, the call comes.
"You guys need to get home,” said McGill to her husband. “I love you."
Everyone is safe and it's time to get to work, but they're not alone.
"A community that comes together to check and see if you're ok is awesome. And we've got offers from people to come over and help clean it up. And that'd be the greatest thing," said Hamel.
But now, the family has a chance to take a deep breath and even smile about a dangerous day.