WASHINGTON- Helplessness and fear, that's what one family describes how it felt to watch a tornado inflict heavy damage on the city of Washington Sunday.
WMBD 31 News talks to the family shocked by what they saw.
Jeanean Bohanan says as soon as they heard the tornado sirens, she told her kids to get downstairs, and then she took out her cell phone, and watched the dark clouds turn into a funnel.
"It was tearing off roofs over there.You could see them just being sucked off the buildings."
In seconds, Bohanan saw with her own eyes the tornado wreak havoc on her town.
"To see it that close and know you have no control over it, and what kind of destruction. If I'd be able to protect the kids"
Bohanan's children, Court and Trey took shelter in the basement; their parents captured the massive twister just outside their backdoor.
"It was very scary. I just hope everyone's okay," said Trey Bohanan.
The Bohanan's subdivision was spared from the destruction, a very different story on the other side of the highway.
"It's all gone. The barn, the house," said Bob Montgomery, whose home was in the direct path of the storm.
It's in complete ruins, but he's holding onto hope.
"It's hard but we're also going to rebuild, and we're going to stay on this land," said Montgomery.
The Bohanan's say, like many neighbors, they are still having trouble reaching friends and family in the area most impacted