Enterprise, Ala. – Trent Cox took his wife, daughter and two grandchildren to his father’s home a few minutes before his home was destroyed by an apparent tornado on Wednesday afternoon.
It was one of dozens of homes damaged after tornadoes hit parts of Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday and then moved to Georgia and Florida. Extreme weather has killed one person in Mississippi.
Cox’s brick house flew off the slab and the remains were scattered hundreds of yards away.
You have worked hard for 24 years and everything you have is gone in the blink of an eye, “he said on Thursday morning to rescue what he could from the wreckage.” We have things scattered half a mile away. Took pictures.
A group of about a dozen homes in Otago County have suffered major damage. Two houses were destroyed. Others had scattered roofs.
Cox flinched at the pink interval to see what he was using in his house. His shop was also destroyed. The steel beams in the shop’s framing were twisted by the force of the wind. Cox looked back at the concrete slab that had been his home the day before.
“None of us could have made it if we had,” he said. “No way. We’re grateful we all made it.” The family’s blue tick hunting puppy, however, died of his injuries.
Hundreds of yards away, Sheryl Eaton and Jimmy Baker ran into a 2-foot-by-2-foot closet in the middle of their brick home. The storm slammed into the exterior walls, leaving only the closet and a corner bedroom standing.
We were watching the weather and there was a lot of caution, “he said.” We came out on the porch and heard. It was about two minutes before the injury. We were in the closet. We heard everything breaking from the house.
There was a water heater in the front yard. They do not know where it came from. Someone kicked a hole in the shitrock so they could get into the bedroom to get clothes, shoes and anything else out.
We’ve got good friends together, “he said.” We made it and no one I know here has been hurt. That’s the important thing. “
Friends and family gathered a few miles from Billingsley, Alabama, at the home of Evelyn and George Cook. Several large pine trees were blown up in their backyards, three leaning against the roofs of their homes.
They’ve been here for 52 years, and the trees were here as soon as they arrived, ”said their daughter Carol Carter.
Evelyn Cook was in the closet at the bottom of the stairs when an apparent tornado hit. He is a quail surviving oxygen. George Cook, a carpenter, was outside on the porch.
“It was coming in a few seconds; “It took so long,” he said. “I came back home and the pressure has already changed. I pushed the door with my shoulder, putting all my weight on it to keep it open.
Assistance arrived with chainsaws and tractors just after the storm subsided on Wednesday.
“I don’t know what people without church families do like this over time,” Carter said. “We have helped a lot. We can fix the house. Mama and Dad are fine. That’s the important thing.
Survey teams from the National Weather Service Office in Birmingham, Alabama, visited the affected areas of the county on Thursday to determine if a tornado was under way in Otago and Chilton counties starting Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and extending to about 10:30 p.m.
“We are very fortunate that no injuries or deaths occurred to us due to Wednesday’s conditions and the number of tornado warnings for Otago County,” said Ernie Baggett, director of the county’s emergency management agency.