Storms Ravage Southeast Missouri, Microburst Destroys Home

March 9, 2006 – Posted at 5:59 p.m. CST

QULIN, MO -- Southeast Missouri didn't escape the path of the storms that rolled through Thursday.

It was about 6:30 in the morning when the Lewis family says a microburst destroyed their took the roof off, but never touched two plastic cups.

"It sounded like a bomb going off in the trailer and then a big flash of light and it was over," said Danasty Lewis, "At first, it kind of sounded like a tornado coming through. But there wasn't any rain; there wasn't any wind or nothing."

With no warning, the Lewis family saw the trailer they were renovating destroyed early this morning.

"There's nothing else that we can do. We can't reverse time and move the trailer to a different spot. We just have to go on," said Dean Lewis.

The clean up will be a long process...flooded roads make it hard to get to the residence on County Road 220 in rural Butler County. But fortunately, the couple and their five month old son were not hurt.

"It's just now starting to sink in to me. What are we truly going to do, where are we going to go? Earlier it was just kind of like a bad dream, one that I'm going to wake up and it's going to be over, but it's not" said Danasty Lewis.

"When I seen it all I could do was cry and I don't cry that often," said Dean Lewis.

The Lewis family has set up a relief account. Donations can be made under the Lewis Family Relief Fund at the Southern Missouri Bank with branches in Qulin and Poplar Bluff.