Woman, family watched tornado rip house apart

April 25, 2011 4:51:01 AM PDT
Tina Palmer's emotional interview was first seen on ABC11 Eyewitness News a couple of hours after the storm destroyed her home in Fayetteville's Cottonaide subdivision.

All week we've been wondering how she is doing. ABC11 caught up with her Friday outside of what's left of her home.

Palmer stood outside the window of what used to be her 18-year-old son's bedroom. It's emotionally tough for her to come inside.

"It's hard to imagine we lived through this, and the emotion of just seeing it again," Palmer said. "It's hard."

Her house on Halifax Drive looks like it was hit by a bomb.

"And my handicapped son that was in the back corner was actually coming up off the ground, and I had to grab him by his hair to get him back down into the tub," said Dennis Palmer, Tina's husband. "Right at that point is when that roof came off and was just being pulled out completely."

In the main living room, there's no roof and hardly any walls or windows. The Palmers' grandson, 10-month-old Jonah, was inside a baby bouncer just before the storm struck.

Jonah's mother, Sarah Crabb, says she know she only had seconds to get her child to safety.

"We just went into the bathroom, and I handed my 2-year-old to my mom," Crabb said. "Before I knew it, there was just this loud crash and just glass everywhere."

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