A tornado left nearly a dozen families in Cabarrus County without a home Saturday night. It completely destroyed four homes and caused major damage to 14 others. Eyewitness News interviewed several families along Harrisburg Road.
"My wife said, 'Get in the hallway, it's a tornado,'" said Richard Sanders.
He had just seconds to get out of his bedroom before the storm ripped it apart.
He said he raised his teenage daughter in the house.
"It was a vary scary night and it's very scary now just to look at it," said Sanders.
The same sobering damage could be seen up and down Robinson Church Road. Sharon Brown used a four-wheeler to drive around downed trees and power lines just to tell Eyewitness News her story. She said her son heard the storm first.
"All I heard was heavy wind. It sounded like a train," said Dustin Brown.
As they sought shelter, the tornado plowed through their back yard. It tossed an RV like paper and parts of it blew into David Butler'ssubdivision. He said that around the same time, parts of his roof collapsed over his 2-year-old son's bedroom.
"I could hear the roof letting go upstairs and I ran upstairs to get my baby and my wife."
He said he's a grateful father, because his child was OK.
On Saturday night some families planned to stay in hotel rooms, while others planned to stay the night in an emergency shelter at Hickory Ridge High School.