Woman hangs on to grandson in Forney tornado

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by TERESA WOODARD / WFAA

khou.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 4 at 10:11 AM

FORNEY, Texas - In walking through the tornado-ravaged Diamond Creek subdivision in Forney, where 20 to 30 homes suffered major damage, one home grabbed the attention of News 8 reporter Teresa Woodard.

The house was almost entirely destroyed, with just a small panel of the back wall of the house and a bathtub still standing. But more amazing was the story inside.

A woman was babysitting three children, one of whom was her 18-month-old grandson.

She was watching storm coverage on her notebook computer when she saw Forney was in the path.

She climbed into the bathtub with those children and waited for the storm to pass. Soon however the wind grew so strong, it ripped apart the house around them and began to pull the 18 month old from her arms.

The grandmother clung on to her grandson's feet and somehow they all survived.

The grandson had minor injuries, but he was smiling and reunited with his mother hours later Tuesday.

We'll have more on this story, including our interviews with the family, at 10 p.m.

E-mail twoodard@wfaa.com

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