Twister of Fate
updated 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/19/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Throughout the South and Midwest that night others were not so lucky. The unusually severe weather system that generated the McCrory twister spawned dozens of others that killed at least 37 people. Fortunately no one was seriously injured in McCrory, where residents had about 10 minutes warning of the twister's approach. But afterward Wampler was amazed at the damage to her house, which included a tree in the living room. "Someone's shoes and blankets and pants and coats were in the house," she says. "I have no idea who they belong to."