‘It’s kinda surreal’: Woman on surviving tornado with newborn, family

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COAL CITY, Ill. - Heather Popovich and her family hid in a closet under the stairs in their home as storms ripped through their neighborhood. She has a newborn infant.

"We all just kinda hung out and hoped for the best," Popovich said on the phone during a live interview.

After the storms had passed, Popovich and her family were able to open the closet and leave out the front of their house. She said her neighbors had a generator, and after clearing debris out of the way, they were able to walk over and join them.

Popovich says she went from having a two-story home to a one-story home during the night. Most of the second floor was completely gone, including bedrooms, bathrooms and most of the family's possessions. Because most of the baby's things were still on the first floor, Popovich says his possessions survived.

No one in the family was injured, and as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, no deaths have been reported anywhere.

"It's kinda surreal," Popovich said.

There have been eight reported tornadoes, but only one has been confirmed by the National Weather Service as having touched down in Coal City.

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