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Johnson City woman recovering from July storms

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -  On July 27th severe weather caused widespread damage in our viewing area. We were in your corner that night as three confirmed tornado's touched down across Washington, Sullivan, and Claiborne counties in East Tennessee.

The damage is estimated in the millions, with damage to homes, cars, power lines, even down trees. Some people are still recovering to this day.

We met with Megan Hensley, a Johnson City resident, who was caught in the middle of the storm that night. She was driving to work when powerful winds would pick up her car and threw them into a ditch.

"I didn't know where I was at when I landed, or anything it just scared me to death and all I did the whole time was just pray to God," said Hensley.  

She explained she was driving along Bristol Highway, somewhere between Rocky Mount and the Tractor Supply Company when she lost control of her vehicle.

"In a matter of seconds, it slung me in the opposite direction over all four lanes of traffic into a ravine on the other side of the road," said Hensley.

Powerful winds carried her into a ditch, destroying her car and trapping her inside.

"I unbuckled myself and pulled myself to the passenger seat," said Hensley.

It is as far as Hensley could move, the only thing she could do at that point was hope that someone would discover her car. That is when she says three people came to her rescue. They called 9-1-1 and even stayed with her until help arrived.

"I told him I was like don't leave me, and he said here hold my hand and he held my hand the entire time," said Hensley.

Weeks after what Hensley called "the scariest thing she has ever been through" she is still dealing with the aftermath. She suffered two broken legs, and has gone through four surgeries. Right now it takes baby steps to find strength again in her arms and legs.

In her physical therapy session on Monday even standing proved to be difficult.

Hensley's spirit is tough, even on the bad days she can only think of those who stayed with her through that night. She hopes to one day find them to be able to say thank you.

"I would almost call them angels because they stopped and they didn't have to," said Hensley.

Megan Hensley is expected to make a full recovery in the next 6-8 months.

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