Couple gets replacement vehicle after surviving deadly tornado

June 1, 2013

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J.P. and Ruth Zapata crouched into the bathtub over their children, with two mattresses they hoped would shield them from whatever was coming their way.

The tornado J.P. had just seen a few minutes earlier was now bearing down on them.

“The hail first, and then the wind and the sirens,” Ruth said, noting that they felt bursts of wind coming into the bathroom that threatened to pull away the mattresses.


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