A missing cat has been found alive amidst the destruction of the deadly EF4 tornado that tore through Lee County, Alabama on Sunday.
Hunter Lashley and his family got out of their mobile home just in time before the home was torn from its foundation and flipped over. Bugsy, the family cat, was still inside.
On Tuesday night, the family got an unexpected surprise. Bugsy was found underneath the rubble. Although Hunter and his wife Emily had searched the home by hand the first day, they couldn’t find their cat.
The family was thinking the worst, that Bugsy had been killed. Then they heard a faint meow and kept looking. Still no Bugsy.
“We searched the whole house by hand the first day and we didn’t find her. So we were thinking the worst, that she could be dead.”
Hunter found Bugsy Tuesday night and Emily rushed her to be checked by their veterinarian. The family is grateful they weren’t inside when the tornado hit and that all of their animals are accounted for.
Forecasters now say the EF4 tornado was nearly a mile wide and traveled some 70 miles through Lee County. The national weather service has confirmed:
*Two EF1s in Washington County
*An EF1 in Butler County
*An EF1 in Crenshaw County
*An EF2 in Macon County
*Two EF2s in Barbour County
*An EF4 in Lee County
Twenty-three people lost their lives. Three of them were children. The tornado stayed on the ground for one hour and sixteen minutes.
Two corporations have pledged to pay for the funerals of all 23 tornado victims in Lee County, Alabama. All of those missing have been accounted for. According to USA Today, those in the path of the tornado had around 9 minutes warning.