How do you explain a tornado to a 2-year-old?

The tornado ripped the roof right off the Russells' home. Debris went flying and water came pouring inside. It's a lot for anyone to deal with, let alone a child.
The tornado ripped the roof right off the Russells' home. Debris went flying and water came pouring inside. It's a lot for anyone to deal with, let alone a child.

SPEEDWELL (WATE) – How do you explain a tornado to a two-year-old? That’s what one family in Claiborne County is dealing with this week after Sunday night’s storm destroyed their home in Speedwell.

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The tornado ripped the roof right off the Russells’ home. Debris went flying and water came pouring inside.

It’s a lot for anyone to deal with, let alone a child.

Little Rylee Russell doesn't understand what happened to her home.
Little Rylee Russell doesn’t understand what happened to her home.

“I so mad,” said Rylee. “My house is tore up.”

Luckily, Rylee was staying with her grandmother Sunday night as her parents rode out the tornado at home.

“All the stuff that was falling, God blessed us for her not being here,” said Rylee’s father Chad Russell.

Now, without renter’s insurance and most of their belongings ruined, the Russells are trying to figure out what to do next, and how to make sure Rylee feels safe.

"She thinks somebody came in and mad a big mess. She doesn't understand a storm did it. She thinks somebody did it," said her father Chad Russell.
“She thinks somebody came in and mad a big mess. She doesn’t understand a storm did it. She thinks somebody did it,” said her father Chad Russell.

Rylee’s favorite toy was destroyed. Her security blanket is still missing. The Red Cross, however, came by with two new friends.

“I told her we’ll get through this with the good Lord’s help. She says, ‘Okay. I’ll get a new house, Daddy,'” Russell said.

For now, the Russells are staying with relatives.

They’ve salvaged what they can from inside, and hope to start the real clean up after the insurance company comes by Thursday.

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