(USA TODAY) -- Three years ago, Sally Adams found herself taking refuge in her basement as a massive tornado ripped through her hometown of Joplin, Mo. When she emerged, there was nothing left.
"My home was gone, my car was gone, I had no family there and you could not find a place to live there; you couldn't even find a motel room," Adams remembers.
One of the first calls Adams made was to her ex-husband, Paul Palmer.
"And the first thing I hear is, 'My house is gone,' " Palmer remembers. "I never had such a helpless feeling in my life that I could not help. And it was very devastating to hear that, that I could do nothing about it."
Adams and Palmer had married young and eventually divorced sending the couple in different directions. Palmer moved to Tennessee while Adams stayed in Joplin and later remarried.
But decades later and widowed, Adams found some old pictures of her former dance partner and dropped them in the mail to Palmer. The gesture led to a phone call and a powerful reconnection.
So when the tornado left Adams homeless and struggling to rebuild, Palmer made a bold move. Watch the video above to see how Sally Adams became Sally Palmer once again.
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