PICHER, Oklahoma (CNN) -- Residents in three Midwestern states spent Mother's Day sifting through the wreckage of their homes, trying to recover from powerful storms that killed at least 22 people.
The storm system killed at least 21 people in the Midwest and then continued into the South on Sunday, killing one in Georgia and destroying a small town.
Sherri Mills was in the small Oklahoma town of Picher trying to find family pictures among wreckage that was a friend's home. Mills said her friend was elsewhere when the tornado struck.
"Thank God she wasn't here," said Mills, standing in front of the piles of brick and wood. "[She] lost everything. This was a two-story big brick home."
Another man in Picher said he was home with his family when the storm hit. He was blown around inside the home, and was lucky to be alive, he said.
"We got down on the floor and huddled up tog
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