MONSON (CBS) – With all eyes on the deadly tornadoes that hit the south and central parts of the United States this week, survivors of a June 2011 tornado that devastated parts of Western and Central Massachusetts say their thoughts are with the victims.
Madeleine Uliana, still recovering nine months after the June tornado tore her house apart in Monson, held her breath this week as she watched the line of severe weather move toward her brother’s hometown in Kentucky.
“They just barely missed the tornado,” she said. “He called and said everything had just passed by. So were happy to hear that, but it certainly brings back memories; a lot of scary memories.”
Monson residents Geri and Michael LaFerriere are still cleaning up from the twister that hit their hillside home in Monson. Watching news coverage of this week’s tornados, they too are now suffering from a traumatizing case of deja vu.
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“It just brought back memories all over again, just sitting at the tv last night watching it. It kind of brought tears,” Geri told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith.
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This past week’s tornadoes have killed at least 38 people. For anyone wishing to donate to the relief effort, CBS News has information on its website.