MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT)-- For the past 24 hours, Amy Waites has been waiting to hear from her son's grandmother Janice Cole.
"I started to call her first thing this morning and we haven't been able to get a hold of her," Waites said. "She's in her late 60s, just recently had surgery so that's another concern. I just don't know what's going on. "
Cole lives in Phil Campbell, a small town in Alabama about 70 miles west of Cullman and about 90 miles north of Tuscaloosa, that was almost wiped out by a tornado Wednesday. The Phil Campbell Police Department is reporting that 18 people died, more than a hundred were injured and a few are still missing.
The phone lines and cel phone tower are dead, so Waites said she turned to the Internet for help. She wrote on one website, "My son's grandmother lives on hwy 179 and recently had surgery. Her name is Janice Cole. If anyone can help us, please contact us: email@example.com."
"I'm hoping someone will see it and contact me," she said.
And while the images coming out of Alabama have her fearing the worst, Waites hopes that Cole made it out safely.