Perryville tornado survivors: It could have been worse - KMOV.com

Perryville tornado survivors: It could have been worse

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Skyzoom4 over damage in Perryville, Mo. (Credit: KMOV) Skyzoom4 over damage in Perryville, Mo. (Credit: KMOV)
PERRYVILLE (KMOV.com) -

Many survivors of the tornado in Perryville said they are thankful the storm wasn’t worse.

The tornado touched down on Tuesday, resulting in one death.  Those who survived said they are thankful that they made it.

Tim Schroeder told News 4 he was happy to find out Wednesday morning that his parents were alive. They were in the stairwell of their home when the tornado hit. The home’s roof was blown off.

“They were in the right place at the right time,” Schroeder said.

Survivor Judy Lawrence said someone else’s doing saved her.

“Once I heard the train noise, I went down and shut the door and I heard the ripping and the tearing and the crashing above me. I just yelled out “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” said Lawrence.

She then walked upstairs and discovered her kitchen and living room were gone. Her car was thrown 100 feet, but one item was left untouched, a silver ring that reads “Believe in Miracles.”

“I left it on the chest of drawers in my bedroom, came back the next day and it was there waiting for me to pick up and put on,” said Lawrence.

Lawrence said it is a blessing and miracle that more people were not seriously injured or killed.

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