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"She actually saw the house lifting up;" Family's home destroyed by Elon tornado

Family and friends are helping the Childress family cleanup after their home was destroyed by tornado in Elon (WSET)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- What was once the home of the Childress family is now just a pile up debris.

"It's a terrible sight when you come back and you look where your house was and it's not there," David Childress said.

Childress came back to a demolished house and found his wife and son in distress.

"She actually saw the house lifting up, she was on the main floor and she saw the wall lift up and it hit her and then she found our oldest son, Bryson, and the storm had thrown him out into the yard and so he was unconscious," Childress said.

His family is just one of many to experience devastation.

In all, officials say about 20 to 25 homes are either a complete loss or severely damaged.

A total of six people were taken to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries.

"To our home, there are bricks off this side and up in the attic you can see a hole, we are very fortunate to be alive," said Lonnie Taylor, whose home was also damaged.

Power companies and emergency crews have been here all day helping homeowners out.

"The house we can replace, but our family we can't," Childress added.

Friends on Facebook said their cats also ran away when their house went down; their names are Garfield, Artemis, and Muffin.

Friends have also created a GoFundMe page for the family.

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