Far too many New Orleans families were forced to say good-bye to everything they own this past Tuesday when a series of horrific tornadoes hit them by surprise. Unfortunately, that’s hardly the worst of it. There were reports of local residents swept away into the tornado due to the powerful winds. People were literally swept into the storm, including Amanda Stockflet and her newborn baby, Autumn.
Miraculously, they not only survived, but were unscathed. Now, the mother is sharing the story of how they beat the odds and survived the terrifying ordeal in one piece.
Stockflet explained that she placed two-month-old baby Autumn in a car seat and then hooked her right arm under the car seat handle. She gripped the seat tightly with her left hand as the tornado ripped through her office.
When both the mother and daughter were pulled into the air, Stockflet held on to the top of the car seat and repeatedly told herself not to let go. She knew what would happen if her child was pulled from her arms in the storm: she’d never see her again.
“All I could think of when we were in the tornado is don’t let go,” Stockflet told Today.com. “I never let go because I was afraid if I let go, it was going to take her and I’d never find her.”
“It was the most terrifying thing in my life,” she continued. “It’s a miracle, it really is,” she said of the fact that her young daughter survived without a scratch or a bone out of place.
“It was horribly amazing, but I’m utterly grateful we’re OK.”
The eastern part of New Orleans was reportedly hit the hardest by nine tornadoes that came down earlier this week, the Weather Channel said.