Victoria resident waiting to hear from family and friends who weathered the storm

April 28, 2011 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated April 27, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.

Linda Janak watched in horror as images of Georgia, her home state, flashed by on the television screen on Wednesday night.

Janak moved to Victoria years ago, but Georgia is still her first home. Seeing the wide swath of destruction caused by the tornadoes that swept through the state, all Janak could think about was the family and friends she still has there.

Janak's niece lives in Ringgold, Ga., with her three daughters. The town was hit hard, Janak said.

"The whole town is virtually destroyed. The high school, the buildings. They wouldn't even let the Weather Channel past the outskirts of the town," Janak said.

Janak last heard from her niece about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Her brother, who lives in Dalton, north of Atlanta, came through the storms OK, though he said the town sustained a lot of damage.

Janak is still trying to get in touch with an aunt and numerous other relatives and friends in the area.

Janak was raised in Newnan, 40 minutes south of Atlanta. Seeing so much destruction on the television has been heartbreaking, she said.

"Every time I see it, it's just awful. I was raised there and I know all of those places. It's just horrible," Janak said.



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