Enterprise, Ala. -Trent Cox hurried to his wife, daughter of him and two grandchildren from him to his father’s house, only a few minutes before his house was destroyed by an apparent tornado on Wednesday afternoon.
It was one of the dozens of houses damaged after a wave of at least 24 tornados reported abused portions of Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday and moved to Georgia and Florida on Thursday. The severe climate also left a dead person in Mississippi.
The cox brick house was dragged by the slab and the remains were dispersed for several hundred yards.
“You work 24 years and everything you have is gone in the blink of an eye,” he said, working to save what he could from debris on Thursday morning. “We have scattered things at half a mile, there are people who collected some of our photos two miles away”.
The group of approximately a dozen households in the county of Autouga, received significant damage. Two houses were destroyed. Others had peeled ceilings.
The sages of pink isolation blew when Cox looked at what used to be home. The store of him was also destroyed. The steel beams of the fit of the store were crooked by the force of the wind. Cox looked back at the naked concrete slab that was his house only one day before.
“If we had stayed, none of us would have done it,” he said. “In no way do we appreciate that we all did it.” However, the family dog ??puppy, however, died due to injuries.
A few hundred meters away, Sherrell Eaton and Jimmy Baker rushed to a 2-foot closet for 2 feet in the middle of your brick home. The storm collapsed the outer walls, leaving only the closet and a corner room.
“We were watching the climate and we had a lot of warning,” he said. “We went out to the porch and could hear him come, we were in the closet about two minutes before he taps, we could hear all the things that move away from the house, all you could do was talk to God.”
In the front yard it was a water heater. They do not know where it came from. Someone had kicked a hole in the Sheetrock so they could enter the bedroom to start delivering clothes, shoes and anything else that can be found.
“We have a lot of good friends helping,” he said. “We did it and nobody I know here hurt himself, that’s the important thing”.
A few kilometers away from Billingsley, Alabama, friends and family gathered at Evelyn’s house and George Cook. Several big pines were blown in their yard, they left three three supported on the roof of their home.
“They’ve been here 52 years old, and the trees were here when they arrived here,” said her daughter Carol Carter.
Evelyn Cook was in the closet under the stairs when the apparent tornado hit. She is in oxygen, being a survivor Covid. George Cook, a carpenter, was on the porch.
“It happened only a few seconds; that’s all he took,” he said. “I turned to go back to the house and the pressure had already changed, I had the push the door with my shoulder, putting a weight to open it.”
The help arrived just after the storm passed on Wednesday bringing chainsaw and tractors.
“I do not know what people without a family of the church do it on time like this,” Carter said. “We have had a lot of help, we can fix the house. Mom and dad are fine, that’s the important thing”.
Selfoga and Chilton counties submitted several tornado warnings on Wednesday, starting at 12:30 p.m. and stretching at approximately 10:30 p.m. The survey teams of the National Office of Meteorological Services in Birmingham, Alabama, traveled damaged areas on Thursday of the County to determine if the tornadoes had touched.
“We were very fortunate that we did not have injuries or deaths given the conditions on Wednesday and the number of tornado warnings for the County of Autouga,” said Ernie Baggett, director of the County Emergency Management Agency.
“We had good luck, it could have been much, much worse.”