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Memories of a tornado

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 4/11/2014 6:42 pm
MACON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Shirlene Hoover loves to bake bread in her new kitchen.

She baked loaves of sourdough bread for friends and family, including her daughter, four grandchildren, and son-in-law who saved her life.

"He called me and said you're house is destroyed," said Hoover.

That phone call came just minutes after the first call which he made to tell them to leave the house immediately.

A tornado was headed their way.

That tornado was captured on video. Thousands have viewed the massive EF-3 tornado posted by Tony Sudduth.

"We were on the road maybe five minutes when he called and saw the tower across the road go," added Hoover.

The tower was toppled in seconds like a child's toy.

"It was only then that weakness just enveloped my body and I was just praising the Lord that we weren't there," added Hoover.

The next stop would be the Hoover's home and farming operation.

The neighbor gave Jay Hoover the bad news.

"He said I don't know if I should tell you or not, but your house is gone," said Jay Hoover.

The Hoovers say they felt God's hand all through this nightmare.

"He may have knocked us off our feet, but he gave us a soft landing," said Shirlene Hoover.

A soft landing was made possible by friends and neighbors who came to their aid.

MSU Extension Agent Dennis Reginelli watched a tight-knit community come together in tragedy.

"That was a real eye-opener to see a tornado come across the county and to see people concerned about their neighbors," said Reginelli.

That concern saw this family through some dark days and nights.
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