A tornado survivor shares her story
MADISON -- One woman from Platteville is sharing her incredible story of suvival.
Carrie Gates is lucky to be alive after a tornado ripped through her apartment.
“It was just so quick,” says Gates.
“One minute I was lighting candles, the next I was screaming, ‘I don’t want to die!’”
Gates suffered several spinal fractures, a punctured lung and broken ribs after her second-floor apartment was completely sheared off by a tornado on Monday night.
A neighbor found her in the debris.
“I remember him picking me up and taking me, trying to find a place to take me, trying to find a house that wasn't damaged,” says Gates.
Gates’ husband, Josh, was storm-chasing at the time.
“It’s a miracle she’s here,” he says.
“It's a miracle she's doing as well as she is, considering what she's been through.”
Governor Walker has declared a state of emergency in three counties: Grant, Green and Dane. Six tornadoes caused millions of dollars in damage.