When I got the news that a house in Eminence had been flattened, possibly by a tornado, Monday morning, my heart leapt into my throat.
There’s never a good time to have a tornado, but 5 a.m., when most folks are still asleep, certainly is among the worst times it could happen.
And when I arrived on the scene and saw the devastation for myself, I was stunned that there were as few injuries as there were. That Gregg Williams and his family escaped their home mostly unscathed is simply incredible.
Likewise for Janet Spies and her family.
As tornados often do, this tornado left houses on either side of Williams’ home mostly untouched. That two houses could stand on either side of a scene of such destruction is mind boggling.
When Denny Washburn said the county was relatively lucky Monday morning, he was right.
Two homes and a few barns were destroyed, several utility poles broke leaving residents in the Springhill Estates and along Hillsprings Road without power for much of the day, power lines across the roads meant those roads were closed for much of the day, a few injuries to livestock and just one horse put down because of its injuries.
This, after a two-minute long, 60 to 150 yard wide tornado with winds between 130 and 145 mph ripped a 2.3-mile path through the county.
It is truly amazing.
But for the Spies and Williams families, it also is truly sad.
With no rhyme or reason, mother nature ripped their homes apart, flinging possessions far and wide.
Our thoughts and prayers are with both families as they enter the recovering and rebuilding stage.
They still have each other, but they also have a wonderful, supporting community ready to help.