Family glad to be “safe” after tornado

Joeli, 4, and Talia Klopfenstein, 15, snuggle under a Red Cross blanket at the Red Cross shelter in Charlotte.

The Klopfenstein family was sleeping in their home comfortably when howling winds woke them.

Parents Joel and Erin gathered their five children just as the windows in their east Charlotte home were blown out by strong winds.

“It was loud,” said 8-year-old Zoe.

The family was evacuated from their home and came to the American Red Cross shelter, where they snuggled under blankets. Zoe enjoyed a chocolate donut as her younger sister Joeli smiled at the Red Cross volunteer and held up four fingers to tell her age.

“I’m glad you guys are here and safe,” said Red Crosser Kate Meier. “We are too,” said Erin.

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