Some Things Unscathed By Storm

Monday, May 12th 2008, 10:55 pm
By: News On 6

It's hard to understand what it's like to have whole streets empty and neighborhoods gone.  News On 6 anchor Lori Fullbright reports on the unlikely things the tornado missed.

One of the strangest things about the aftermath of tornadoes is not just what they destroy, but what they don't. A Harley still stands where it was parked while all around it are smashed houses and boats turned upside down.

A big, heavy television was tossed aside like a toy, but a child's red wagon, isn't even turned over.  Meanwhile, a roof was lifted completely off the house it was attached to and set down right next to it.

"We run into that back porch and lay in the hall," said survivor Jim Ricky.

Just as Jim Ricky and his dad threw themselves in that hallway, Jim saw his neighbor's house explode.

"I just can't describe it. I don't think anybody needs to go through it," said Jim Ricky.

A little bathroom is pretty much the only thing still standing of the Morris' home. Those bathroom walls saved the family's life.

"My son was in the bathtub.  I was outside the bathtub.  My daughter was on my lap and my husband was next to me, hovering over all of us," said Teresa Morris.

No sooner had they gotten into the bathroom, the roof of their home started peeling back.

"We kept feeling things fall down on our body and kept thinking something heavy was going to fall any minute, but it didn't," said Teresa Morris.

While the rest of their home is obliterated, Christmas pictures of their kids don't have as much as a water drop on them.

Driving through the neighborhood is nothing short of shocking, piles of debris line streets where homes used to be.  Some are wiped clean down to the slab; others have been cut right in half.

Words simply aren't enough to describe these losses.