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Storm Cleanup Continues in Kokomo

The tornado that ripped through Kokomo on Sunday has changed a lot of lives. This rubble behind me represents broken hearts and shattered dreams, but also love, inspiration, and hope.
"It was the first home they ever owned, he was a pastor and they lived in parsonages before that. So he always wanted to give his wife, my mother a home of their own." - Shane Rawlins
An update to the damage done by the severe weather that hit just southwest of Fort Wayne this past weekend...the National Weather Service is now confirming that , two f-2 tornadoes hit Kokomo, completely demolishing an estimated 50 homes and 30 businesses. 

WFFT Local's Brooke Welch spoke with storm victims to see how they are recovering...

The tornado that ripped through Kokomo on Sunday has changed a lot of lives. This rubble behind me represents broken hearts and shattered dreams, but also love, inspiration, and hope. 

"It was the first home they ever owned, he was a pastor and they lived in parsonages before that. So he always wanted to give his wife, my mother a home of their own." This is Shane Rawlins, looking at the rubble of the beautiful 4600 square foot home, his dad was finally able to build for his mom eight years ago.

In a matter of minutes on Sunday, the home his dad had been so proud of, was destroyed.  "So this tornado really devastated my mother, because not only did she lose her husband, my father 15 months ago, but now she lost this home."

Shane's mother isn't alone. There are an estimated 550 homes and businesses with varying degrees of tornado damage. Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight says even with all the devastation, there are still things to be thankful for. "The best part is, we had no deaths. We had 32 people that had to seek attention at our hospitals. Only five were admitted, none of them life threatening."

Even with her loss, Shane's mom put this spiritual message on a mattress.....and she's looking to a higher power, in the hopes of finding something very meaningful to her..."The number one thing that she was wanting to find was my father's wedding ring. That's the last thing they took off of his finger before they placed him in the ground."

Even with the home in pieces, Shane's uncle made an unlikely discovery.  "He was actually praying to God, saying please help me find the ring, cause they had looked already for two days prior to find it. And all of a sudden, within a matter of twenty minutes, he looks down under the rubble and there it was."
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