By WVUA 23 Reporter Grace Campbell

The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado touched down in Marengo County by Highway 80, Monday night.

The tornado destroyed two mobile homes and sent three members of the Wright family to the hospital which left their loved ones shocked the tornado warning effected their family.

The Wright family was getting ready to head to safety and was on the phone with family members when the tornado struck.

“As they were talking, the sister heard a scream, and then all of a sudden the phone went dead,” Wright family member Delia Peoples said. “That was when the actual tornado hit, so after that she called emergency and all that stuff to come and look for them.”

When emergency services arrived, the mobile home was destroyed and at first glance no one was around the destruction, but Peoples said it took hours to find the Wrights because they stuck under all the debris.

Peoples said they are all relieved the family is ok because it could have been worse.

“They’re alive and that meant everything because you can get things, you can rebuild and get things, but you can’t get that life back,” Peoples said. “We are really close, and I wouldn’t want anything to happen to those children.”

An account has been set up at Regions Bank in Demopolis for the Wright family. If you would like to help their family and make a donation, just say it is for the Wrights.

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