Stories from the Storm

Listen as survivors and volunteers share their stories from the tornadoes that ripped through the South on April 27.


[MUSIC] It's something that you never imagine that you would have to go through. Everything in the room started shaking very violently, and you heard timbers cracking. My eight-year-old went, was sucked out of his bedroom window. The roof was gone, the windows were gone, the ceiling was gone, one of the walls had started to buckle. And then we looked out the front door and the whole neighborhood was just demolished. There's not a single tree or a single power pole left in that area. Just completely wiped out. And it was one of the most terrifying things I've ever seen in my entire life. It makes you realize that life is short. It's just a really humbling experience. You realize how lucky you really are. I think the biggest lesson I learned is, moving forward, to be grateful every day. And I'm much more appreciative of the people who are in my life. It's just amazing to me that people that you don't even know would just come to do whatever they can for you. There has been so much love shown. There still are a lot of really good people left in this world. When you need them, they're there. You don't even have to ask them. They just show up. That's the main thing that I'll, I'll always remember.
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