Junior Hoschar saw the strobelike lightning, felt the fierce winds and knew a tornado was coming through the trailer park. He grabbed his wife and ran to a concrete shower house nearby.
They survived.But just doors away in the Ponderosa Park Campground, the Hoschars' neighbor Theda Kahn died, and her husband, Richard, was seriously injured by the 210 mph winds.
Hoschar now feels guilty for not waking his neighbors before he fled.
He even went to the hospital to tell Kahn he wished he had been able to warn him. Kahn replied, "Junior, don't feel bad," Hoschar said.
Guilt, anger and helplessness have begun to well up among the survivors as people make funeral preparations and hold memorial services for some of the 39 who died Monday in Florida's deadliest outbreak of tornadoes on record. The storms injured more than 250 people.
Such emotions are common among people who survived such devastation, said Pat Stacy, a mental health counselor for the Red Cross who was brought in from Phoenix.