Man who lost wife, granddaughter in tornado anxious for storm season

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A Davidson County man who lost two people in November's tornado said the recent tornadoes in Kentucky and Indiana reminded him of his own loss.

Steve Shaw lost his wife of 28 years, Janice, and his granddaughter, Azlyn, when an EF2 tornado made a direct hit on their house on Nov. 16.

Steve was driving home from work when the tornado hit. He arrived to find rescuers surrounding what was left of his home. Janice was on the way to the hospital, while Azlyn, unbeknownst to rescuers, was somewhere in the debris.

Steve said he remembers exactly what happened next.

"There was some debris leaning against the tree, and I heard him holler, 'Here she is,'" said Steve, who began to break up in tears. All I remember was when he picked her up, her little arms were just dangling."

Janice and Azlyn were laid to rest side-by-side. Donations helped pay the funeral costs.

Steve has since moved in with his daughter, and in addition to returning to work, he spends most of his time with his grandchildren.

"I lost one. I'm trying to spend as much time with the ones I got," Steve said.

Steve said he bought weather radios for his family just this week. FOX8 Meteorologist Van Denton said the peak time for tornadoes in North Carolina is between March and May.

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