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Tornado survivor describes storm from hospital bed

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"It's like wow...You just soaked in the moment...Am I alive or am I dead or what not?" Anderson said. "It's like wow...You just soaked in the moment...Am I alive or am I dead or what not?" Anderson said.

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Officials say 50 people were injured in Parkersburg. KWWL News talked to one of the tornado survivors who's still in the hospital.

After seeing television reports of a tornado touch down in Aplington, Dana Anderson and his sister got up from the dinner table to take cover.

"I said we gotta get to the basement, and I got down to the landing at the basement steps. And she was behind me, and it felt like the whole house was caving in on top of me," Dana Anderson said.

The tornado picked up Anderson's home and slammed it back to the ground burying Anderson and his sister in rubble.

"It was quiet. It was ethereal in the quietness...It's like wow...You just soaked in the moment...Am I alive or am I dead or what not?" Anderson said.

Neighbors and firefighters came to the rescue.

"I didn't see any landmarks that I recognized. There was nothing left I could see. Really my whole world was like the two foot in front of me that I could see at that point," Anderson said.

An ambulance took Anderson to Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls. His sister went to Allen Hospital in Waterloo where she was released on Monday.

Anderson has cuts and bruises on his legs, shoulder, and head. He also has multiple fractures in his right leg, and he may have to have it amputated.

Anderson will be in the hospital for at least a few more days. He hopes to be back to work teaching gym and deejaying weddings after a few months. Then-, it's back home.

"We'll end up moving back to Parkersburg when the time is right. Yes. It's home. That is truly home," Anderson said.

Sartori Memorial Hospital admitted fourteen people on Sunday night for tornado related injuries. Six of those people are still in the hospital as of Thursday afternoon.

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