|Published:||Nov 18, 2013 6:18 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 18, 2013 6:36 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Scenes of devastation, after dozens of tornadoes touched down in the Midwest Sunday. A Cape Coral woman witnessed one of those storms as it passed through Washington, Illinois, and documented the aftermath.
Michele McMorrow was about seven miles away, from the violent tornado. She was visitng her father for an early Thanksgiving.
The turkey was in the oven in the morning, when sirens went off. The power went out at their home.
When the twister passed, they rushed into the heart of the disaster.
"I felt like I was in a movie," she explained. "It was just flat. Stuff everywhere. I immediately lost my breath because the natural gas smell was just overwhelming."
Michele McMorrow's cell phone video captured the devastation, and disbelief in people's voices. 45 minutes after the tornado passed, the wind is still whipping by.
Cars are tossed about like toys. Houses and lives are torn apart.
"We walked around, we had to watch out for nails, wires, it's just the most creepy, eerie feeling. And an instant sadness just came over me," she said.
"It's a ghost town, people's lives, people's houses. You're walking all over it. Pets missing. People missing."
"You see it on tv, other places it happens, you see it in the movies, but until you see it. Feel the feeling, I can't even describe the feeling. It's just a chill feeling, because of how quiet it is. All you can hear is police sirens in the background."
"We came up on a lady that had a puppy in her arms. Just standing, looking around, she was in high heeled shoes. We asked her 'is there anything we can do? We're here, is there anything we can do?' She says, 'yeah, if you can find a pair of shoes?' She goes, 'that would be great. 'We're also looking for my daughters cat, we found the dog, and we found one of the cats. We're still missing one of the cats.'"
McMorrow's father's house is still standing, and is on generator power.
She knows four families that lost their homes completely. One of them is one of her friends who just got married over the weekend.
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