“They were screaming. His wife was hysterical,” neighbor Chuck Heirsch, who called 911, told The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Advocate when he saw his neighbors trying to get to their daughter. “They were already traumatized from taking that ‘Wizard of Oz’ ride.”
The tornado that ripped through a New Orleans suburb lifted one house into the air and dropped it onto the middle of a street with a family inside, AP reports.
Neighbors said the parents of a girl climbed out of the wreckage screaming frantically for help. Their daughter, who was on a breathing machine, was trapped in the house.
On Wednesday, as she tried to salvage items from the one-story house that had been moved 30 feet (9 meters) by the storm, mother Dea Castellanos described to The Associated Press through a translator how she heard rain and wind outside while she was sitting on her living room couch Tuesday.
The next thing she knew, Castellanos said, she could feel the house spin through a full rotation and she ended up in a bedroom.
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