updated 04/29/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/29/2014 AT 5:15 PM ET
It’s a hug to remember.
Constance Lambert was reunited with her dog at her Tupelo, Miss., home on Monday, shortly after it was ravaged by one of twelve twisters that swept through several southern and central states, flattening homes and destroying businesses. The severe weather, which began on Sunday, has caused at least 28 deaths so far, according to Fox News.
Lambert was at an event when the tornado struck. There’s no word yet on whether her other pets, a dog and cat, survived, but this reunion offers a glimmer of hope.
Other residents were able to take cover with their pets as rain and howling winds ripped through the region. Republican State Senator Giles Ward huddled in a bathroom with his wife, four other family members and their dog as the tornado destroyed his brick house in Louisville, Miss.
“For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable,” Ward said. “It’s about as awful as anything we’ve gone through.”
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