May 27, 2013 4:18 PM by Ian Auzenne

Lafayette Native Loses Home in Tornado, Recounts Experience on CNN

A Lafayette woman now living in Moore, Oklahoma, lost her home one week ago when tornadoes hit that city. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Rebecca Vitsmun says she was planning to ride out the storm.

"I got in my (bath)tub . . . put a towel down, and grabbed (my son's) mattress and brought it into the bathroom with us," Vitsmun said.

A few minutes later, she saw on television that the storm was headed directly for her home. That's when her instincts kicked in and forced her to take action.

"I'm from Louisiana," Vitsmun said. "We have hurricanes, and when they're big, you just leave." Vitsmun added, "It was sort of like suddenly telling me, you know, there's a hurricane that's going to hit your house in ten minutes."

Vitsmun said she returned to her house 45 minutes later to inspect the damage. There she found her husband seaching the rubble for her and their 19-month old son.

"He just ran up, and we both cried and hugged and it was actually like--when we hug, we all three hug," she said. "We just burst into was awesome."

To view the full interview, click here.


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