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February 4, 2007

Just happened to be in a tornado

JoAnn Lail / AP photo

Joann Lail, right, embraces fellow crafter Becky Lopez at Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand, Fla., Friday, Feb. 2, 2007. Lail was in her RV, the one overturned behind her, when a severe storm struck early Friday morning. (AP Photo/ Daytona Beach News-Journal, Mark Harper)

Saw this on a Florida Today blog:

DeLAND -- JoAnn and Garfield Lail travel to craft shows along the east coast and had just arrived Thursday night at a fairground in DeLand.
JoAnn Lail had woken up because of a bad back and opened windows on both sides of their fifth-wheel RV. She turned on the television and saw what was heading their way.
She went to the RV's loft "laid my hand on my husband and told him it was fixing to take us."
The tornado picked up the RV, threw it over their truck, rolled it over twice before it came to a stop on its side.
"If I had stayed downstairs here, I would have been gone," she said.

The Daytona paper covered their story, too.