Kaneohe Family Homeless After Storm

KANEOHE (KHNL) -- A Kaneohe family is also without power tonight, but that's not all. They have big holes in their ceiling. The fast and furious storm ripped the roof off their house.

The Mahoe family got some assistance from the American Red Cross. They're staying in a hotel until Saturday, but beyond that, they don't know what they're going to do.

Workers pick up the pieces -- literally -- after Mother Nature pummeled the Mahoe family's house. Peter, Dorothy and their kids came back to pack up more of their belongings.

As they look at the gaping hole in the ceiling and pieces of wood lying where they once slept, the memory of Tuesday night comes rushing back.

"I was scared," said Dorothy Mahoe. "My small ones were crying. They were scared."

Because of the extensive damage to their house, the Mahoes are forced to look for a new place to live just weeks before Christmas.

"Well, for me, it's depressing and I just cry," said Mahoe, fighting back tears. "I don't know what to do."

This is one house divided into two units. While the second unit remains intact, people who live here are not sure they can survive the next storm.

Dorothy's sister Pauline lives next door. She's concerned this is just a preview of what's to come.

"Right now, I am feeling kind of scared because it is a connection to their house," said Pauline Torres. "And there's a part that's in our kitchen area, that the ceiling looks like it's about to fall because of the rain."

Everyone in the family hopes the worst is over, and good fortune shines down on them.

"Just hoping for the best that they do get a place, it's before Christmas where the kids can be happy because it's something that they're expecting is Christmas," said Torres.

The landlord said the roof should be fixed in the next 30 days.