On Sunday, Kurt got a text from his wife that said she'd seen a tornado about a mile away.
Five minutes later she sent him another that said their house was gone.
They weren't the only one this happened to.
The storm system that ripped through parts of the Midwestern United States on Sunday led to reports of more than 60 tornadoes.
Authorities say at least seven people were killed, hundreds more were injured.
The enhanced Fujita scale rates tornadoes based on how much damage they cause.
The one that hit the city of Washington, Illinois was classified as an EF4.
That means its winds were between 170 and 190 miles per hour.
It left people relieved to be alive, but struggling to recover.
It's on the ground! It's on the ground!
The tornado warning has been issued until 3 P.M. Eastern standard time for the following counties.
Get to the center most portion of your home and take cover. I'm hearing things right now. Check ...Yes.
I think-we may need to take shelter right now ourselves.Yes. We do.
We need to go up here.
We do. Yes.
We will be back when we can.
Right. We'll be right back.
Let's go.Let's go!
Our father's watching.
I go outside. And I heard this.
It's like a train. Like a loud train. I said this isn't right.
I said it's not thunder, it's not-and it just kept coming.
Kept coming, getting louder.
The garage is sitting there with the truck. It's gone - it's laying there.
It was tearing it apart like it was jut cardboard box.
I mean the siding, which is getting ripped apart.
This is the clothing I owe now.
A lot of people have a pile of rubble still, and I mean I don't have anything.
My whole-it's gone. I don't know where it went.
We'll make it through it.
And we're just so grateful that the Lord preserved so many lives here.