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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) – A 7-year-old boy was recovering on Sunday after a tornado sheared off the walls of his North Carolina home, snatched him from his bed and threw him 350 feet onto the embankment of a nearby interstate, the boy’s grandmother told Reuters.
Jamal Stevens suffered only minor injuries from the Friday twister that demolished his family’s two-story home in Charlotte near Interstate 485, where Jamal was found by his family a few minutes after the twister struck his neighborhood.
“I’ve never seen or heard anything like that,” said Patricia Stevens, recalling the moment the twister “sucked out the walls” of the house in the darkness. “It was a terrible sound. I never want to go through that again. I don’t want anyone to ever go through that again.”
At the house, whose second story was blown away, little was left except for a garage and an exposed internal staircase. Pink insulation and debris littered the yard, which abuts the embankment of the interstate.
Stevens said that she had been sleeping on a downstairs sofa the night the tornado hit while her daughter-in-law and four young grandchildren, ages 3 through 7, slept upstairs.
The lightning and thunder suddenly picked up, there was a terrible noise, and then her daughter-in-law started passing the children down the stairs to Stevens, starting with 3-year-old twins Ashley and Amber.
When the mother ran back upstairs to get Jamal and 5-year-old Ayanna, Stevens pulled herself and the children behind the couch.
“That’s when the whole wall was just sucked out,” Stevens said. “I was just sitting there and I just saw the walls get sucked out. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, am I seeing this right?'”