One mother's harrowing story of survival.
Mom•Logic: What happened when the tornado hit?
Marcie: As soon as I heard the emergency warning sirens going off in the middle of the night, about 1:30 a.m., I leapt out of bed and ran down the hall as fast as I could to wake up my boys. I carried one under my arm and the other ran into the laundry room with me. I thought it was the safest place because it was in the center of the house and had no windows. After a few minutes, the sirens stopped, so I left the boys in the laundry room for a second so I could check the weather on the TV. Then the tornado hit.
I jumped off the couch and started to run down the hall. I slipped and fell. I heard the train-like sounds coming. It was the loudest wind I ever heard. I opened the laundry room door, slammed it shut, and then dove on top of my boys. I dove head first, and had one son under each arm.
I piled blankets and pillows on top of their heads. The dogs were under my feet. I could hear wood crackling, glass breaking, things slamming really hard, and my garage door ripping off. I couldn't breathe, my heart was pounding so loud in my chest. I was worried I had smothered the boys because I was gripping them so tight.
Mom•Logic: What was going through your mind in that moment?
Marcie: My biggest fear was that we were going to get sucked up by the tornado. I was so afraid. I could hear things crackling and breaking. My living room had a 20-foot ceiling, which was gone. The front door was gone. The windows in the back of the house were all blown out. Large pieces of furniture throughout the house were moved across the house. My bedroom was covered in shards of glass. My boys' swing set was sucked up in the tornado, and still hasn't been found.
Mom•Logic: Having survived a tornado with your twin boys, what is your advice to other Moms?
Marcie: Take the warnings seriously, because everything happened so quickly! If I had a storm shelter outside, we wouldn't have made it in time. I was by myself with two kids and three dogs, and I realized you need to have a room ready, and be prepared. From now on, I am going to have battery-powered radios, flashlights, food, blankets, and pillows on hand at all times. I was thinking about getting my boys' bicycle helmets to protect their heads, but we ran out of time. Now, I am going to keep two helmets in the laundry room just in case.
Check out amazing video of Marcie's demolished home after the tornado: