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Illinois resident Barb Clark survived one of the most severe tornadoes, an EF4 that tore through Washington, Illinois with winds up to 190 miles per hour.
Clark hid in her basement closet with her family as the tornado ripped her home to pieces.
She and her daughter had just returned from church, and were home for less than 15 minutes when the tornado warning sirens went off.
"You always think, well, it's probably just another warning that won't amount to anything. When the hail started, my husband sent me and my 2-year-old grandson and my 18-year-old daughter to the basement, and then he actually stayed upstairs and kept an eye out and saw the tornado actually coming towards the house," said Clark.
Clark's daughter-in-law made it to the house, and scrambled into the basement "within minutes of our house being destroyed on top of us," said Clark.
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