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"We tried to cut her out" neighbor says of Putnam Co. tornado victim

Ryan Myers was sleeping when the tornado came. / (WVLT)
Ryan Myers was sleeping when the tornado came. / (WVLT)(WVLT)
Published: Mar. 3, 2020 at 8:45 PM EST
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Officials said 18 people died in Putnam County after an EF-4 tornado ripped through the area in the early morning hours of Super Tuesday.

Ryan Myers told

that he was sleeping when the tornado hit. Myers said he woke up and the house was shaking.

18 people, including children, have died in Putnam County. 56 people are unaccounted for. This is Ryan Myers. His family is safe, but his neighbor passed away.

Posted by Amanda Hara on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

By the time he looked out the window, he said the windows were imploding. The roof eventually blew off Myers' home and he said parts of his neighbors home blew into his house. County officials said the tornado decimated everything in its path.

Myers quickly raced to keep his family safe. He told

he tried to get his family to safety in complete darkness. Myers' said their bare feet were stepping on the glass that had blown everywhere.

When Myers realized his family was safe, he ran across the street where he could hear one of his neighbors yelling for help.

When Myers got to his neighbors home, he realized there was serious trouble. Myers said a man next door was trying to save his wife, Jessica Clark. She was trapped underneath the home as it started to collapse.

This is Jessica Clark. Her cousin says Jessica had just enough time to say goodbye to her mother on the phone before she passed away.

Posted by Amanda Hara on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

"The house closed in on her, it tried to suck him into the basement at the same time, and it collapsed on top of her," Myers said.

Myers said he tried his hardest to save the neighbor's wife, but there was nothing he could do.

"We tried to cut her out and dig her out, but we couldn't without the rest of the house falling down," Myers said. "I know these people well, it's horrible. How do you walk away from somebody that's trying to save his wife?"

Pray for Putnam County. This man tried his hardest to save his neighbor. She didn’t survive.

Posted by Amanda Hara on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Family members of the woman who died said she was a young, vibrant woman who worked for the city and was on the fair board.

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