CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina family says three children were ripped from their beds by a tornado, throwing one about 100 feet away along a fence lining a highway. All have been released from hospitals and are back with relatives.

Latonya Stevens says her 7-year-old son Jamal was sucked from his room as a tornado tore apart the family home’s second floor where he slept. It was one of nearly 200 homes damaged by the storm in the Charlotte area.

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A neighbor found Jamal about 100 feet away, tossed to the far side of a fence along Interstate 485.

His 3-year-old sister Amber and 4-year-old Ayanna were released from a hospital on Sunday. Amber was found in her home’s yard under some debris. Ayanna landed in a neighbor’s yard.

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