How People Made It Out Of The Tupelo Tornado Alive

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(Tupelo, MS) Stories of survival are coming out of Tupelo one day after an EF2 tornado touched down there.

People who live in the town are also getting a better look at the damage caused by the mile-wide twister.

Most are amazed by the strength of the tornado that flattened buildings, flipped cars and ripped apart just about everything in its way.

"I'm shocked. I didn't realize it was this bad. I just want to cry because this is a very special area for me," said Tupelo Councilwoman Nettie Davis.

Al Lanzano watched crews salvage what they could from what used to be a gas station.

He stopped by the station at Gloster and North Green yesterday to fill up and before he knew it he was taking shelter in a cooler with employees there.

"All I could hear was the crushing wind," said Lazano.

He has cuts all over his body from the glass that was breaking around him and said he didn't think he was going to make it out alive.

"I thought this is it," said Lanzano

Sonny Toung wasn't at his Nail Salon when the tornado tore through it, but his wife, daughter and two grandkids were.

His wife is still recovering from injuries caused by the fallen debris.

Toung got his first look inside his shop today and saw that everything was gone.

He doesn't have insurance, but is thankful his family survived.

"I looked at it and said why are my daughter and wife still alive? They are lucky," said Toung.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said the "Tupelo Spirit" will pull people through this and said they are going to rebuild and come back stronger than ever.

No numbers yet on how many homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed by the tornado.

While there were a number of injuries, so far only one weather related fatality has been reported.

The mayor says one person was killed in a weather related car accident just south of the city.

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