A woman from Newfoundland and Labrador, currently living in Arkansas, says the tornadoes that tear through her area every year have become a part of a terrifying routine.
Fourteen people died in the storm that ripped through Little Rock, Ark. on Sunday. That number could still grow as responders search through rubble for survivors.
Kyran Pittman, from N.L., has lived in Little Rock since 1996. She and her family made it through the latest tornado unscathed, but she said it's always a mix of emotions when tornadoes flatten areas of the U.S.
"We've kind of gotten used to hoping for the best. It's a mixed bag of feelings when one passes you by and you dodge that bullet and then others aren't so lucky," said Pittman.
She and her husband take refuge in a hallway of their ranch-style home, while their three children and the family dog bunker down in a hall closet when they hear the sirens warn of a nearby tornado.
"It always feels like a game of Russian roulette. When you see footage the day after these things happen you see shopping malls, supermarkets, brick schools reduced to rubble, it really sets you back and you're aware there's only so much protection your hallway closet, your mattress, your bathtub is going to afford you."
According to The Associated Press, the storm carved a 129-kilometre path of destruction through Little Rock on Sunday.