Franklin County family grateful for loving neighbors after tornado tears through

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The tornado that touched down Friday left a trail of destruction in Franklin County.

They Anderson family, whose home lay straight in the tornado's path, are doing as well as can be expected. The home they lived in for 40 years has been destroyed. That said, the family says they are resilient and lucky. Friends and family are no more than a stone's throw away.

"I come outside and looked; I could hear it coming," said Troy Haynes. "It sounded just like a train."

Haynes was at work Friday at Peters Automotive, down the street from where the tornado touched down.

No more than an hour after a tornado ripped through did a friends and family of the Andersons, including Haynes, go running up to their house.

"I could see the roof was gone, and I turned out into the driveway and I got out and started hollering for Dolores," he said. "And she was in the basement, thank God. I had to unlock the door but we got her out pretty good."

Her husband, Larry Anderson arrived next finding his home in shambles.

"Devastating," he said, shaking his head. "But could be worse."

Bricks are scattered, trees uprooted; the path of this destructive storm made visible in the ridge line.

But equally as visible in this neighborhood is the love among its people.

"Just friends.," said Anderson, voice cracking as he looked around at his neighbors. "Friends and neighbors. That do anything they can to help."

Between downpours and wind gusts, friends salvaged items they could from the home.

"We're tight. Real tight," Hayens said. "Good people."

The Andersons have a place to lay their heads tonight, clean clothes, and a reassurance that not even a tornado can uproot this family.

"Makes you feel God's here helping with them, too."