They knew where it was going.
"You could see it pulling up everything...And it was on a beeline course, dead straight to this daycare where my grandsons were," said Rick Roberts, grandfather.
What was left of the daycare, his 3-year-old and 6-week-old boys inside.
"You can't not look at it and not break down. There's no way. I'm sorry," said Roberts.
Across town, his daughter Janna rode out the tornado at school district headquarters where she works.
She already knew Briarwood Elementary, next door to the daycare was flattened. For three hours, she was trapped behind live electrical wires, desperately texting for news of her sons.
"Those 3 hours where I didn't hear anything, they were the longest 3 hours of my life, knowing I may never see them again. No mother should ever have to go through that, no," said Janna Ketchie. "It's hard. A lot of kids were school age, 8, 10 years old."
Children were being rushed into children's hospital, 51 patients came into Dr. Bob Letton's trauma ward. But that wasn't the hard part of the night for him.
"Yeah, it hurts. You know if they can get to you, you have half a chance. A lot of them never got here. I'm not sure if they needed to be here or not," said Dr. Letton.
In the stream of children in the emergency room, little Grayson Ketchie. His ear hurt, a bad wound to his head. His baby brother.
"That's my baby." 'Your baby?" "Yeah."
Unscathed because their daycare teacher covered them with a mattress and her own body.
Amazingly, no one in the daycare center died.
"It's a miracle. It's an absolute miracle."
Grayson is a little shaken as you might imagine.
"What happened at daycare?" "Broke!" "It broke?" "Yeah."
But he's quickly on the mend and ready to play.
One family's lucky turn, who understands there are so many neighbors who are not
"I'm sorry. We'll be praying for you and your family. That's all I can do."
The large downtown fire in Ripon Wednesday is having a widespread effect.
UW-Oshkosh's third biodigester to create green energy is now officially open.
Fire destroyed a house in Kewaunee County Wednesday afternoon.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.