PILGER, Neb. (CNN) — It’s hard to put into words just how much some families have lost, after storms ripped through parts of the Midwest over the last two days. A pile of rubble is all that’s left of Cody Murphree’s home in Pilger, Nebraska, but right now, that’s the furthest thing from his mind. Cody says, “I know that tornadoes are destructive. I’ve had to clean up a few myself, but I’ve never been in this situation.”
Cody and his family moved to Nebraska from Huntsville four months ago. Now their home of less than half a year is a twisted pile of metal. His mother, Kandee, is in a medically-induced coma, and doesn’t know yet that Cody’s five-year-old sister, Callie, is dead. “I don’t even know how I’m going to tell her. I’m still trying to figure it out,” says Cody.
While Cody sits and waits for his mother to recover he will have to care for his other sister who is still too young to fully understand how her world has now changed forever.
The storms also destroyed a home in Stanton that doubled as a daycare. Amy Kremlacek says she had to lay on some of the smaller children as everything began to fall on them. Miraculously, they all survived, though Amy and her husband are still being treated at the hospital.
More funnel clouds formed in northern Nebraska on Tuesday, as another round of thunderstorms rolled through, sweeping into Wisconsin, which saw its share of the damage from the first round of storms early Tuesday. A tornado touched down and lifted several times, as the wind heavily-damaged more than 40 homes in Madison and nearby Verona.
Survivors count themselves lucky, especially the close calls they just went through. A bank in Pilger was basically ripped in half with nine people still inside most of them taking cover inside the vault, all of them narrowly escaping injury.
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