Tornadoes tear through the south, devastating hundreds

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POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:48pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:25pm

Around thirty tornadoes swept through the south Sunday night shredding buildings and uprooting lives in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. 16 are confirmed dead, and hundreds are left without anything. Two Arkansas towns were hit the hardest, Vilonia and Mayflower.

"It was demolished. It was like someone took their hand and wiped everything away," said Peyton Herrell, an Arkansas college student, after she drove through Mayflower on Monday morning. Herrell said, "It almost made me cry because it was so sad seeing everyone's houses just getting lifted up and taken away."

Miles and miles of what was homes and businesses, are now completely leveled out. Herrell described what she saw as she drove through, "there was houses on the right side that were completely taken off and on the left side of the interstate...and there were cars that were picked up and put in the middle of the interstate.. There was an RV park up there that all the RV's were laid over, and there were houses that there was nothing left of them."

Vilonia resident Phil Tawney looked through the pile of debris that once was his home, and picked up some of his wife's jewelry. He said he's thankful for his family's safety despite their great loss. "Luckily we had enough warning that we could get down in our hiding hole and we were sitting there and it went right over the top of us... came out and total destruction," said Tawney.

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