One Year After Tornado, Family Celebrates Daughter’s First Birthday

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SEDALIA, Mo. -- One year ago, a tornado wrecked the home of the Egan family. But despite that dark day, the family says that they have learned that even the darkest clouds have a silver lining.

Cameron Egan and his wife Amy haven't had much time to dwell on that day last May when an EF-2 tornado shredded their Sedalia home. Amy Egan was nine months pregnant when the storm hit - their daughter Lochlyn is now celebrating her first birthday.

"(I) can't believe it's been a year, it doesn't seem like it," said Cameron Egan. "She's growing so fast."

Cameron Egan was home alone when the tornado struck - his wife had been at work but had taken shelter from the storm at the Sedalia Police Department. They were on the phone with each other when the tornado hit their home.

"Being nine months pregnant, and my stomach dropped and thinking about Joplin, my fear was I would have to raise a baby without him," said Amy Egan.

"I could hear big things hitting the house, and then I could hear the sound of the top of the house being ripped off and the room I was in filled with insulation and dust," said Cameron Egan.

When it was over, Egan told his wife that he was okay, but the house was gone. The couple says that it was a bad situation, but then three days later, their daughter arrived.

"I have noticed that everything I had planned out this year did not work out according to plan at all, but everything worked out better than I expected it," said Amy Egan. "So it amazes me you can plan every second of your life but it doesn't matter."

"It was a silver lining around that dark cloud," said Cameron Egan. "And we got this little ornery girl out of this whole thing."

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