Transcript for Washington Ill., Tornado: First Look at Damage
Now, to the aftermath of the devastating storms in the heartland. People cleaning up from the powerful tornados that sent debris flying more than 100 miles away. Abc's alex perez is on the ground for us in the hard-hit down of washington, illinois. Good morning, alex. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This morning, the donations for those who lost their homes are streaming in. For the first time, we are getting a closer look at ground zero and seeing how powerful this tornado really was. This morning the magnitude of the monster tornado is just becoming clear. Survivor chris lancaster shared his story with us on "good morning america" on monday. My dream is gone. Reporter: We were with lancaster as he returns to his home for the first time. But seeing it, simply too much. The tornado flattened his dream home. Oh, my god. Reporter: Lancaster recorded these frightening images as the nearly 200-mile-per-hour twister ravaged washington, illinois. He ducked into the basement, just in the nick of time. God was with us. Somebody was with us. Reporter: In the basement, now, a small miracle. Daddy's got you. Reporter: Beloved cat he thought he had forever lost. Not far away, disbelief for ron and joanne burton. They were at church during the storm. The basement they thought would help them weather the storm, destroyed. Jenny returned to find her aunt's home has become a parking lot. Her whole bedroom was under those two cars over there. Reporter: Hundreds of homes, pulverized by the violent storm. 80 tornadoes ripped through 7 american states, killing at least 6 people. The storm so powerful, photographs and other personal belongings lifted by the furious wind, ending up hundreds of miles away. Those images posted on facebook. Hoping the rightful owners will step forward. A fourth grade report card. Even a passport belonging to a woman 90 miles away. And that passport was returned to its owner late last night. As for chris lancaster and his family, they are staying with their in-laws. As they and so many others here begin the process of rebuilding. George? Robin? Alex, thank you very much. And having gone through hurricanes on the gulf coast, when you can get back some items like that, it's so precious. And people are very good about returning them.
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