South AL family escapes harm after mobile home flipped in storms

South AL family escapes harm after mobile home flipped in storms
Shelbylei, 4, and her older brother, Jayden, 7, and their dogs Rocky and Zena. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Shelbylei, 4, and her older brother, Jayden, 7, and their dogs Rocky and Zena. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Shelbylei and Jayden get to sit inside WSFA 12 News' mobile weather lab, StormTracker12. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Shelbylei and Jayden get to sit inside WSFA 12 News' mobile weather lab, StormTracker12. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Clean up in Luverne. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Clean up in Luverne. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

LUVERNE, AL (WSFA) - Two children in the south Alabama city of Luverne are ok after a horrifying experience during Monday's severe weather when the mobile home they were in was lifted off the ground and flipped multiple times.

Shelbylei, 4, and her older brother, Jayden, 7, said they were watching the SpongeBob Squarepants movie with their dogs, Zena and Rocky, when they felt their house start moving.

The children's mother and grandmother were also in the mobile home when it was lifted off its foundation, flipped several times like a soda can in the air, and dropped upside down on a neighbor's garage a few yards away.

Thankfully, everyone inside the house made it out ok and said they were in good spirits, even as they searched through what was left of their things in the pouring rain.

Strong winds left damage throughout Crenshaw County with the worst of it in Luverne. Some 50 homes and dozens of businesses faced some degree of damage near the heart of the city.

According to Crenshaw County EMA Director Elliot Jones, the EMA office began receiving calls around 9 a.m. from residents who had damage to their homes after roofs were blown off and trees had fallen. He added the county was very lucky and, at this time, there have been no serious injuries reported.

Jones says the entire town is basically without power and that crews are working to restore that power and Jones is asking for patience.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for storm victims at Luverne Methodist Church.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Shelbylei and Jayden's family.

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