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Early Morning Storm Damages North Texas Marina, Boats

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LAKE LEWISVILLE (CBS11)Lonnie Williams says it's an early morning wake-up call he'll never forget.  

 At 6:00 a.m. a storm moved through the 121 Marina in Lewisville as he and his wife were asleep in their 40-foot boat. 

"The boat just started rocking really violently," said Williams.  "It was dark as you open the door. It was blowing in your face, you couldn't see anything.  My wife was hollering my name. I was trying to get her, trying to reach her. I couldn't reach her. She was being thrown to one side. I was being thrown to the other side."

The winds caused damage to Williams' boat and others including one he says costs more than $1 million.

Jay Teitelbaum has been 121 Marina's general manager off and on for ten years.  

"This is the most sizable damage we've had," said Teitelbaum.

 He says the winds blew one dock -- with the biggest and priciest boats -- off its moorings and into another dock.  

"The damage is reasonably significant. It's one of the largest docks we had. It sustained the most damage," said Teitelbaum.

 He says the dock already had to be replaced after an ice storm in 2013.  Now, it may have to be replaced again. 

As for Williams, he's wondering how much it'll cost to fix his boat, worth as much as $80,000.  

"A pretty good amount of damage. I don't know how much, but it's the whole back end that took a pretty good hit," said Williams

The general manager says he's hired a security guard to keep people out of the damaged areas as they continue to assess the damage. 

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