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Stories of survival after several days of severe weather

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 10:47 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -

After a severe threat across the deep south, the destructive storms moved to the East coast.

Violent storms across the South, including at least 30 reported tornadoes across 7 states. Thursday night, North Carolina was in the bullseye.

Outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama- watch as the roof of a building is ripped off - then gets caught in power lines. The dangerous night-time tornado threat lasting well into the early morning hours.

By daybreak, major damage but thankfully no deaths or serious injuries reported.

Tommy Cox from Chilton county, Alabama describes the scary moments when the tornado came through. “I was praying the whole time. Good Lord.”

“My sister that lived here came over there, pulled up to the basement, blowing the horn. She got out of the car and the tornado, it was pulling her away. So my oldest son, trent, went out the door, grabbed hold of her. It was pulling both of them away. So my youngest son stepped out and grabbed hold of them. It was like a human chain. "

On Thursday, the National Weather Service rating that twister an EF-2 with winds up to 130 miles per hour.

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