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May 16, 2013 6:16 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Former Calallen Coach Leta Andrews Talks About Tornado Destruction

GRANBURY - Former Calallen High School basketball coach, Leta Andrews, lives in Granbury, TX. Andrews has been in women's basketball for 51 years, 12 of those years were spent at Calallen High School.

Today, she talked about what it was like when the tornado swept through that area Wednesday night. With 1,394 wins, she's the winningest high school basketball coach in the country. All that was put on hold Wednesday night, however, when a tornado swept through her town of Granbury, devastating the area and killing several people.

"You know, you read about it happening at other places but when it comes home, it's hard to swallow," Andrews said.

She said she and her husband were on their way to a baseball banquet last night but after seeing the skies they decided to go back home.

"I said, 'David, lets turn around and go home. This is bad. It's moving in fast.' So, we turned around and went back home and we didn't anymore get home til' the high winds hit," she recalled.

Andrews says it proved to be a smart decision after she described the damage.

"Man, it looks like a war zone," she said. "It's so bad. It's so bad. You just have to respect ol' Mother Nature when it comes through."

Andrews says school classed resumed as normal Thursday morning but the mood was different.

"Some of our kiddos that lost everything came in with what they had on yesterday and slept in," she said.

Andrews confirmed all her students are accounted for but couldn't say, with confidence, the same about their families. Andrews has lived in Granbury for 21 years now and says, although the damage and loss of life has been devastating, she knows with the help of prayers they'll bounce back.

She said to her friends in the Coastal Bend, "My love goes to all of you, good friends in Corpus, and just pray for many displaced families in Granbury, Texas."

Andrews says the students at the banquet she was supposed to go to took shelter in the hallway they weren't hit by the twister.

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