Ohio's mother describes the terrifying moment when the twister tore her apartment apart

An Ohio mother and her son hid in their top floor apartment last night when a tornado jerked the entire roof of their apartment building in Trotwood near Dayton.

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Shannon Barnes, 47, plunged into the bathroom of her top floor apartment with her son Khalil Murray, 23, when the twister hit the Westbrooke Village complex.

& # 39; I was sitting on the tub and Khalil was on the floor and I began to see the hail hit the window & # 39 ;, she told DailyMail.com.

The mother and son were in the top-floor apartment (circled) of this apartment complex in Westbrooke Village when the tornado tore the roof off

The mother and son were in the top-floor apartment (circled) of this apartment complex in Westbrooke Village when the tornado tore the roof off

The tornado tore apart the mother and son's apartment. The inside of their house, seen here, was completely destroyed

The tornado tore apart the mother and son's apartment. The inside of their house, seen here, was completely destroyed

The tornado tore apart the mother and son's apartment. The inside of their house, seen here, was completely destroyed

The photo of Shannon Barnes shows their apartment building that was hit by the storm. She said: & # 39; The building started shaking & # 39; before the twister had ripped open the roof
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The photo of Shannon Barnes shows their apartment building that was hit by the storm. She said: & # 39; The building started shaking & # 39; before the twister had ripped open the roof

The photo of Shannon Barnes shows their apartment building that was hit by the storm. She said: & # 39; The building started shaking & # 39; before the twister had ripped open the roof

Khalil Murray, 23, and his mother Shannon Barnes, 47, were hiding in the bathroom when the tornado struck

Khalil Murray, 23, and his mother Shannon Barnes, 47, were hiding in the bathroom when the tornado struck

Khalil Murray, 23, and his mother Shannon Barnes, 47, were hiding in the bathroom when the tornado struck

& # 39; Suddenly the building started shaking. The following, you know, it took the roof off the building. & # 39;

& # 39; You could really feel the pressure of it, & # 39; said Barnes about the terrifying tornado.

The son threw himself at his mother in the bathtub to protect her from the impact and the falling debris.

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Murray described his difficulty in breathing in the middle of the twister, whose walls cause the air pressure in the cylinder to drop.

& # 39; After I saw the tornado pull off the roof, I was gasing for air, & # 39; he said.

& # 39; I was in it and I saw the lightning in it and I could not breathe. & # 39;

The young man said he had saved his mother's life.

& # 39; I was so shocked that I would lose my mother. It could have taken me, so I had to protect her, & he said.

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The pair was not seriously injured, although Murray on Facebook said his & his back and arm are doing very badly & # 39;

An aerial photo of Tuesday shows residents of the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, by sorting their apartments

An aerial photo of Tuesday shows residents of the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, by sorting their apartments

An aerial photo of Tuesday shows residents of the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, by sorting their apartments

Another aerial photograph of the Barnes and Murray block shows the homeless building and the chaos caused by the heavy storms

Another aerial photograph of the Barnes and Murray block shows the homeless building and the chaos caused by the heavy storms

Another aerial photograph of the Barnes and Murray block shows the homeless building and the chaos caused by the heavy storms

Debris is littered while houses are open to the sky at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after their roofs have been torn off
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Debris is littered while houses are open to the sky at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after their roofs have been torn off

Debris is littered while houses are open to the sky at the Westbrooke Village Apartments in Trotwood, Ohio, after their roofs have been torn off

& # 39; I was so shocked that I would lose my mother. It could have taken me, so I had to protect her, & he said.

The pair was not seriously injured, although Murray on Facebook said his & his back and arm are doing very badly & # 39;

Their house was completely destroyed during the night.

The town of Trotwood, with a population of around 24,500, was particularly affected by what the mayor & # 39; catastrophic damage & # 39; called
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The town of Trotwood, with a population of around 24,500, was particularly affected by what the mayor & # 39; catastrophic damage & # 39; called

The town of Trotwood, with a population of around 24,500, was particularly affected by what the mayor & # 39; catastrophic damage & # 39; called

Many cars were also damaged in Monday's heavy weather in Trotwood, Ohio. The tornadoes that tore through the state were first hit there

Many cars were also damaged in Monday's heavy weather in Trotwood, Ohio. The tornadoes that tore through the state were first hit there

Many cars were also damaged in Monday's heavy weather in Trotwood, Ohio. The tornadoes that tore through the state were first hit there

Rescuers dig through the debris of houses damaged in the powerful systems of tornadoes that passed Trotwood

Rescuers dig through the debris of houses damaged in the powerful systems of tornadoes that passed Trotwood

Rescuers dig through the debris of houses damaged in the powerful systems of tornadoes that passed Trotwood

& # 39; I have to move somewhere to move because it is damaged, & # 39; Barnes said about her third floor apartment in Westbrook Village. & # 39; There is nothing to go back to. & # 39;

Barnes is now staying with her daughter in the neighborhood.

The & # 39; rapid-fire & # 39; Tornadoes arrived for the first time in the birthplace of Trotwood, just outside of Dayton, at about 11 p.m. on Monday evening.

The community of around 24,500 people was particularly affected by what mayor Mary McDonald & # 39; catastrophic damage & # 39; called.

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McDonald said that five busloads of displaced people have been taken to a church where temporary shelter is provided, while the American Red Cross estimates the needs.

She says that the community receives a lot of help and support from federal, provincial, and local authorities, and added that & # 39; we need that level of support & # 39 ;.

In wider Ohio, at least one person died and 35 others were wounded after the twisters broke through the state and left more than five million people without power.

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