Deadly Twisters Hit the South

Survivors recount miraculous stories of survival as they try to put their lives back together.
2:38 | 12/25/14

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Deadly twisters that ripped apart three states in the south. A wall of wind came crashing into Jones County Mississippi our correspondent describing what has sledge hammer from the sky. This resident looking through piles of debris trying to salvage whatever is left of his belongings and tonight neighbors putting the holiday on hold to help out one another. In North Carolina the monster storm turning streets into rivers the wild weather wreaking Havoc up and down the East Coast. 150. Million people in the storms packed. ABC's Matt Gutman starts is up tonight from Columbia Mississippi. Good evening Tom dozens of homes look like this obliterated a what you see what this tornado has done. Carding a 315. Yard wide path of destruction. That system isn't through yet. Sirens howling delight of deadly storms marching over the past 24 hours tonight heavy flooding in Georgia. Record rain in Tallahassee and they confirmed tornado in North Carolina. Raid while opening the whole East Coast overnight tornadoes Jack hammering this out at least Ford dead. And he had to slim 145 mile per hour winds in rural Mississippi. And in Columbia Mississippi the EF three twister so powerful it flipped semis obliterated homes and businesses. Wrapping citing a route trees and tipping over this ambulance and the patient did. In this forest of snapped pine trees and find the contents of people's homes strewn everywhere. Who lows children's clothing. In suitcases Denise Madden wasn't sure she'd survive. In sum total rose up all the way if there underneath all that debris Christmas changes everything. My husband could be. And if you. I'm just very thing we'll. Good god have mercy. Tonight the work begins with restoring power to this hard hit community. Where neighborhoods once stood locals bent over salvaging what they could. This was Michael Wilson's. Home upgrades due to the with the wall with the way of things feel like red as Natal topic with the bad news classic gets. It was done. Now trying to dry out memories of better times but Wilson and his mother in law feeling blessed. Technical and he would make Chris. It is the normal. These crews have been able to put in new power lines like that within thirty minutes today. And I asked them how they got here so quickly this morning they said they live here. They want to get this done before Christmas.

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