Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Woman Says Tornado That Destroyed Her House Lifted Her off the Ground

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Woman Says Tornado That Destroyed Her House Lifted Her off the Ground

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Woman says tornado lifted her off ground

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BRANDON, - A woman from the Sioux Valley First Nation says she's just glad to be alive after what's believed to be a tornado lifted her and her home off the ground.

Norma Hotian says she and her husband Dave Elk returned home to see what was left Friday after being taken to hospital the night before with severe bruises.

The storm destroyed her home and damaged seven others on the reserve Thursday.

Hotian was in the living room looking out the window watching the storm when she remembers hearing Elk say, "Get back."

She tried but says she was thrown into the hallway and then into a closet door.

She says no matter what she did, she couldn't get herself to safety.

"Next thing I remember was trying to grab something, but I was off the ground. I was off the floor," she says. "I'm just happy to be alive and have Dave here with me. …

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