For Davis, who has been confined to a wheelchair since she was injured in an automobile accident at 15, the event is a double blow. A blow that strikes both her independence and her pocketbook. She did not have insurance.
"Just before (the tornado hit,) high winds uprooted a tree and damaged my bathroom ceiling," said Davis, who received a call from her brother, David Davis of Halls, around noon on Tuesday telling her that winds had created a hole in the roof of her mobile home. "I was at the hospital because a friend of mine had had a baby. I came home long enough to get some clothes and go to my sister's."
"About 45 minutes later, my brother called and told me my house was gone," said Davis. "I don't have anything anymore."
The wheelchair ramp that led to the front of Davis's home stands alone, a stark reminder of where her front door used to be. The house, now torn in two, was blown several hundred feet away from the porch, littering the backyard with the debris of her possessions.
Davis, a native of Halls, has lived in the house for 11 years. She has worked for three years in Dyersburg Wal-Mart's Connection Center and is taking classes at Dyersburg State Community College in pursuit of a degree in social work.
The mobile home was hers and paid for. She rented the land it sits on from a neighbor.
Already, friends and neighbors have stepped up to help Davis restore the damage and begin rebuilding her life. Aid has been offered from nearby Antioch Church, the Disaster Relief team, Halls First United Methodist Church, Dyersburg Wal-Mart, neighbors, family and friends.
But much help is still needed for Davis and the other families in Halls whose lives were drastically affected after only a few moments of the raging winds.
"The main thing Christy asks is just for prayer," said Lents.