‘Hoping against hope,' couple searched for beloved cats
NEWCASTLE — A Newcastle couple whose home was destroyed by a tornado were devastated that their two Siamese cats were missing and feared dead. Twenty-seven hours after the storm hit, the cats were found safe and well beneath the rubble.
“For my wife, those cats were her babies. You should have seen her face when we pulled those boards up and the cats were there,” Richard Cope said.
A tornado wiped out or severely damaged about 34 homes Monday in the Country Club Estates and Cedar Creek housing additions, just north of State Highway 37, in Newcastle.
Nothing but rubble remained of the Copes' house in Country Club Estates, but Janet Cope said she didn't mind the loss of property so much.
“It was my cats that I missed,” she said.
In the pouring rain Tuesday, Richard Cope searched through debris, with the help of neighbors, expecting to find the lifeless bodies of Rio and Loki, who had been a part of their family for the past 10 years.