Cumberland County IDs storm victim

April 17, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
Cumberland County authorities have released the identity of the Linden woman who was killed after a tornado destroyed her home Saturday.Officials say 82-year-old Dorothy Chambers of 3467 Vault Field Road was found among the rubble after the storm.

Her husband, 78-year old Grady Chambers, suffered a head injury and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The couple's daughter, 47-year old Priscilla Lindbom, was visiting them when the storm hit. She said she heard a loud noise and the house began to shake and spin like a scene out of the Wizard Of Oz.

"The sky got dark and all of a sudden the floor started lifting up," Lindbom said. "We went over and the last thing I remembered something hit the back of my head."

Priscilla Lindbom was treated as the scene for minor injuries.

The elderly couple and their daughter were blown out of the house.

Lindbom says she managed to free herself and get her husband's help. He later found the couple buried under a pile of debris.

"I found her dead down there," Joesph Lindbom said. "I thought he was gone."

Lindbom's father told her he has vivid memories of being whisked through the air.

"He said that he remembers flying through the air and he remembered seeing pictures and stuff flying around him," Lindbom said.

There have been at least 22 reports of fatalities received from Bertie, Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston, Lee and Wake counties after storms pummeled bustling cities and remote rural communities Saturday.

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