NEW MINDEN, Ill. (KSDK) - One New Minden, Ill. family has not only lost their home, but also, two of their loved ones.
Amy Tippin and her two teen sons rode out the tornado in a nearby creek bed. They made it to their safe spot just in time.
"We heard it coming and I said, 'Here it comes, boys.' And we held each other and I told them 'I love you so much,'" said Tippin.
Miraculously, they survived with just a few scratches. So, immediately after the tornado blew through, Amy ran to her grandmother's house next door. She found her under a pile of rubble.
"I got over to my grandma, and she just kept saying, 'I want out of here, I want out of here.' And I said, 'Grandma, I know you do.' I said, 'Help's coming,'" said Amy.
An ambulance did come to take 78-year-old Frances Hoy to the hospital, but she later died. Frances' brother, 80-year-old Joseph Hoy, was also killed in the family farmhouse the siblings shared.
"This is the place they would have wanted to die," cried Amy's mother, Linda Agne. "They loved this farm."
Now, Amy and her family are left grieving, and left with nothing to call their own. But they have still found something to be thankful for.
"I'm just thankful I have my boys here with me because I don't know what I would have done without my kids," said Amy.
Amy's ex-husband was in the home at the time of the storm. He wasn't able to make it into the creek in time so he took shelter in a bathtub. He was injured, but is expected to be okay.
The community is in the process of setting up a fund for Amy and her family.