Hico locals recall their horrifying experience during a storm that decimated their home

HICO, WV (WVNS) – Hico, Fayette County was among the hardest hit areas during the April 2nd, 2024 storms.

Houses were decimated, trees uprooted, and a few people even injured.

The home of Miranda Crist was one of the worst hit on Lookout Road. Most of her windows were shattered, her roof was partially torn off, and her garage was completely destroyed. Crist, her sister-in-law, and their children sheltered in their bathtub as the storm devastated their community.

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The worst feeling for Crist, however, was knowing that her mother was inside the garage all alone.

“Oh, yeah. I kept saying, ‘My mom, my mom!’ and then I tried [to leave]. I was like, ‘I need to go check on my mom,'” Crist recalled. “I wasn’t thinking [that] this could actually take me away, but Maddie, she grabbed me and pulled me down and said, ‘You’re not going nowhere!'”

Meanwhile, Crist’s mother, Kay Persinger, was huddled in the garage. She barricaded herself behind a wire shelf, a refrigerator, and a freezer. Persinger said she watched as the garage door was crumpled and blown away. Then, her barricade was blown away piece by piece, leaving her exposed.

Luckily, Persinger made it out of the storm with her life. She suffered four fractures to her left foot, however. She also needed six stitches to close a gash above her knee.

Despite everything, Persinger and Crist count themselves lucky to have made it out with minimal injuries.

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