Mother delivers baby girl after surviving McMinn Co. tornado

Amber Newman gave birth to a healthy baby girl right after an EF2 tornado hit her McMinn County home early Tuesday morning. Dec. 1, 2016.

Residents and crews are working to clear debris in the aftermath of an EF-2 tornado in McMinn and Polk counties.

McMinn County resident Amber Newman was a week shy from her due date when the tornado hit on Wednesday morning.

“After it happened, she wasn’t moving or anything,” Newman said. “That really had scared me. I thought something had happened.”

Shortly after the tornado, medical staff at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens performed an emergency C-section on Newman to deliver a healthy baby girl.

Newman was one of seven people inside of her home who survived the tornado. Newman, her mother April and family members gathered for shelter in a bathroom. The tornado took and tossed their home, which now lies in pieces.

“It just keeps replaying. I just keep asking myself what I could I have done different?” April Newman said. “There’s nothing. Nothing that I could’ve done different.”

April Newman said she held onto one of her babies and prayed.

The Newman family has a home someone is letting them stay in until they get back on their feet.

Wednesday’s tornado hurt 20 people and damaged 30 structures. Two people died in a separate EF-3 tornado in Polk County.

Photo Gallery: Storm damage in East Tennessee from tornadoes and severe storms

Map: Click here to view the National Weather Service’s tornado database

More: Two killed in EF-3 tornado in Polk County

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