DAWSON SPRINGS, KY-- Andy Beshear believes deaths in Dawson Springs could reach double digits.
There’s not much left of many neighborhoods in Dawson Springs, but the community’s coming together in the midst of tragedy trying to pick up the pieces.
“It came and it just in a matter of two minutes it just blew everything up,” says Gary Morgan.
Gary Morgan and his wife lived in their home for 62 years before it got destroyed.
“I just told her it’s gonna be alright and we’d make it alright,” says Gary.
They both survived but call it a miracle.
“But then we couldn’t get out. We were trapped. It was raining and it’s cold and I was worried about that. But I had a light with me and flashed the light and somebody saw the light and came over and one of them took their coat off and gave it to my wife and they said they’d come back and two hours later came back with help and a four-wheeler,” recalls Gary.
While trying to salvage what’s left of his home, Gary recovered a photo with his wife, something he’ll treasure.
Just down the road, Alexis Wales and Erika Steip weren’t sure if their sister had survived.
“She sheltered in the laundry room right behind the washer and dryer on a wooden chair..., and that’s the only place in the house that didn’t collapse,” Wales said.
The three sisters reunited, and, as darkness approaches, they’re trying to recover what they can from the rubble.
“You can replace a house. You can replace furniture, You can replace clothes...You can’t replace memories and pictures...She’s alive, and I’m so grateful,” said Steip, youngest sister of the tornado victim.
The governor believes this is the deadliest tornado to ever go through Kentucky.