Emotional toll of Mother Nature in Fort Pierce

Posted at 7:41 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 08:41:36-04

The emotional toll of Mother Nature is apparent when you meet Ginger Phillips.

"It doesn’t look like my home here," she said.

Phillips described what it's like to be picking up the pieces, trying to salvage what she can. She's still missing a pet.

"Like the rug has been pulled out from underneath you," she said. "I mean that might just be an RV for some people but that was our home."

In the blink of an eye, Phillips watched her RV flip, as she watched helplessly from next door.

"A tornado just spun it like a toy, like it was nothing," she said.

Phillips said she was locked out of her RV and went to a neighbor's. It was a frustrating moment that may have saved her life.

"I think I had an angel watching out for me," she said. "With my key breaking off and me not being able to get in, somebody was watching out for me."

Neighbors helped neighbors at the Road Runner RV Park all day long. 

"If it had been our unit that flipped over, Ginger would’ve been the first over to help us, so it’s just the way it is," said Jan Pierce, who lives nearby, "That’s what you do."

Phillips ended the conversation and said, " We’ll start over. We are all O.K. It’s what matters."