In the city of Dawson Springs, "We have been lucky. More than 50% of the townspeople are now 'homeless,' explained one of its residents.
In Kentucky, USA, 75% of Dawson Springs disappeared in just a few minutes. The storm has shattered the hopes of homes, churches, factories and hundreds of residents who have been living a "nightmare" since Friday, with many still unaccounted for.
After two days of cleaning, it is still almost impossible not to step on wood, pipes, clothes, personal objects, and souvenirs when walking through what remains of this town.
Sheila Oliver, 50, is one of the people who saw her life fly away in this "nightmare," which has left her homeless, without a car, and with one of her two dogs seriously injured.
"The death toll they are giving is not real; they are many more," this woman, who has not yet had time to go to the federal authorities for help, assures Efe because she has been dedicated to searching for her missing neighbors.
On Sunday, he dedicated a good part of the day to locate a boy of just two years who he heard crying under the rubble of a building and who was finally found already dead.
MORE THAN A HUNDRED MISSING IN KENTUCKY
The list of missing people in Kentucky exceeds one hundred: Oliver himself has been part of that list and had to inform authorities that a neighbor added him to remove it when they did not know about it. And saw the condition of his house. Only the foundations, debris and two golden lanterns remain.
Others are gone forever, like Ernie, a Dawson Springs neighbor. His body was found in such bad shape, with a disfigured face, that his daughter recognized him thanks to a tattoo.
From Friday night, Oliver remembers only the thunderous silence that remained after the storm.
In stark contrast to another neighbor: Lori Milnez did not forget to cry for help when she managed to get out of the house and the ghost scene around her.: "It was horrible," she recalls in statements to Efe.
When he heard the warning sirens, Mullins jumped out of bed and took cover in a hallway, away from the windows, under a large cushion on his sofa. He prayed with a friend he spoke with on the phone while he felt the house shake and listened to the glass breaking.
NO TORNADO LIKE THE ONE ON FRIDAY
Although it has already survived several tornadoes, it says that none has been like the one that experienced last Friday, which in Kentucky alone has killed at least 74 people, according to the latest tally by authorities.
Another lucky person was Chris Hill, who was caught on the road by the tornado. When he arrived at his home, he discovered one of the few that stood on his street, made up of one-story wooden houses.
His building was narrowly saved, as explained by his partner, Joseph, who explains to Efe that the house rose and fell, almost without being attached to the foundations and that it was about to fly off.
Finally, the house came to rest on the ground, but not before receiving the impact of the structure of another home that destroyed the front porch.
HALF OF THE TOWN TURNED INTO "SINTECHO"
"We have been lucky. Joseph said that more than 50% of the townspeople are now 'homeless.
Oliver, who lives a few meters from his house, is one of those people who have stayed on the street; he does not know what he will do or what his life will become.
"You can't escape the tornado," she laments hopelessly.
At least she's alive, something she knows that many won't be able to say. "If the tornado did not kill them, they died of hypothermia," says Oliver, alluding to the victims of the freezing temperatures that have been experienced since the tornado hit this small town, which had never suffered an extreme meteorological phenomenon like this.