CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County has extended the deadline for tornado-related debris removal to April 20. The pick-up areas include Reedy Creek Road, The Plaza Extension and Steeple Chase Neighborhood.

There is still a lot of mess to clean up from the March 3 storms.

Latonya Stevens remembers that day well. The tornado not only destroyed her home, but lifted her 7-year-old son, Jamal, out of his bedroom and dropped him on Interstate 485.

Today, Jamal and his three sisters are physically alright, but their mother says the emotional scars are definitely there.

They don t really talk about it, but I can tell they think about it, said Stevens. Once, the twins were in the tub and I could hear them saying to each other The storm is coming, the house is blowing away. That is hard for a mother to hear.

The family of six moved in with Stevens parents and all four children share a room. They live out of suitcases and a storage unit parked in the driveway.

It s tight quarters, but it s not too bad, said Stevens. The kids love being here with Grandpa.

She said seeing the tornadoes in Texas was too difficult.

I just couldn t watch. I turned the TV off and walked out of the room.

Her only advice for other parents across the country that are now in her situation is to explain everything to children in a way they can understand--and try to be positive.

I tell them we are super heroes. We have super powers. We beat the storm, nothing can beat the Stevens family.

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