Kelsie Smith spoke to neighbors who were home in the Falcon Bridge neighborhood off of highway 70 between New Bern and Havelock. Many say they never expected to live through a tornado in Eastern Carolina.
A tree crashed through the roof of one home where Robert Giossi's one-year-old son was alseep in his crib moments before.
"She grabbed him just in the right amount of time," said
Giossi, was home with his wife and 2 kids when the tornado hit around 9:00 Saturday night.
"We were in here probably about 5 minutes before because we were cleaning up getting ready to go to bed." said Giossi.
"The wind started picking up and she came in and grabbed him out and as soon as she walked out the door the tree pretty much came through the ceiling."
Just two houses down Sabrina Johnson was also grabbing her sleeping child.
"My quick instinct was to first grab my daughter and jump in the tub'" said Sabrina Johnson.
Sabrina says after it was over she went outside to check on her neighbors and everyone was fine.
"I mean everybody was making sure everyone I was okay. I don't think everyone realized what had happened, everyone was pretty shaken up," said Giossi.
On Sunday neighbors did what they could for each other. Robert's home was where the kids were playing and Sabrina's home was where neighbors headed for electricity.
"Letting them use microwaves and fridges and you know getting some drinks and stuff like that so doing what we can to help out," said Johnson.
According to Craven County Emergency Management services, 7 people were taken to Carolina East Hospital with minor injures. 12 homes received major damage, but 50 homes in all were damaged by the tornado.
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