JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Dailyn Giorgio was on her way to work Friday morning when the unthinkable happened.
The Glocester resident was driving down I-295 South in Johnston, near the Route 6 split, when a tornado lifted her car several feet off the ground, according to her daughter Ashley Giorgio.
“It tossed her around,” Ashley said. “I was just hoping she was alive.”
Warwick firefighter David Danella was driving behind Dailyn and couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
“Her car was in the middle of it, like cyclone winds,” he recalled. “It picked her car up and it spun her around and then it just dropped her down.”
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Danella was one of three drivers who pulled over and rushed to Dailyn’s aid.
“You can see the path that it took,” Danella said. “All of the trees are knocked down.”
“It moved my truck about four or five feet. I didn’t know what to do,” he continued. “I thought I was a goner.”
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Ashley tells 12 News her mother was brought to the hospital, but is expected to be OK.
“She had not a scratch on her but she was shaken up, understandably,” Ashley said.
The NWS confirmed Friday evening that a tornado “caused significant damage” on a discontinuous path through Scituate, Johnston and North Providence.