"I just come out off and on and look at the sky," said Doris White on Thursday as the area prepared for possible severe weather overnight.
White has good reason to be wary of possible storms. Eyewitness News first met her and her husband a little over a year ago when a tornado ripped through parts of Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties overnight. The White's home in Harrisburg was destroyed, along with several others across the area.
The White's home has been rebuilt, but stumps all over the yard are a reminder of what can be.
"Mother nature has her own will," White said.
Last year's storm in March came in the night, which left many unprepared.
"It came at 2:30 in the morning, it made it extremely difficult," White said.
Ever since, White says her family has become more aware and prepared. They have cellphones charged and ready to go and have their weather radio nearby.
"The radio is on now, we have a first aid kit, have his medicine all prepared," White said.
White says she now keeps an emergency bag packed as well in case something happens overnight. She says you can never be too ready.