We had an F2 Tornado that was on the ground for 7 miles and 200 yards wide within 2-3 miles of our house. This is winds over 125 mph, and major structural damage on the Estimated Fujita scale- hence the EF2 name.
One of my best firends for 25 years and her familys, home was destroyed. They had just settled down to go to sleep when it hit. It ripped the roof off of the house, and as they ran to get their two chidren aged 6 & 7 who were already asleep, a window blew in and Stef covered her Girl so the glass wouldn't get on her. It cut her nose. Larry, the husband had to reach through 1 to 1 1/2 feet of insulation to pick up their son. We saw them on every news cast all day long!
They were leaving Monday to go on Spring Vacation but you could not recognize their camper at all. The Van was taken from under the Garage and thrown 50 yards away. (Saved on Gas!) Nervous laughter to keep from crying-since they are OK). In true Southern tradition their house and yard were swarming with Church Family and Neighbors already helping them clean up and start saving what they could.
Needless to say I was worried and at the same time Praising God for sparing theirs, and ALL lives in the path. No ONE was seriously injured.
It is a rural area, and one Horse was killed.
I was sitting here starting to post and she IM'd me!!!
Here is a copy:
REMEMBER WE ARE GREAT FRIENDS:
This is the chat at Midnight Thirty!!!!!!!
JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOUR DAY CAN'T GET ANY WORSE!!!!!
a tornado hits your home and you instantly have nowhere to live!
LET'S COUNT OUR MANY MANY BLESSINGS!
FROM WISTV 10 NEWS STORY
Clean up efforts began at day break, when residents got their first glimpse of the power of the storm. The National Weather Service estimated the tornado to have been spinning at 125 miles per hour.
Jean Parker woke up to find her neighbor's 70-foot tree on top of her home. She described the damage as "like what you would see in a war."
Like the sights, you could also compare the sounds of the storm to war.
"It sounded like somebody scraping a chalkboard," said Spencer Hancock, whose home was barely touched. "When the hail hit and the tornado was like a loud roar."
The National Weather Service says three other tornadoes spawned due to the same storm in Fairfield, Edgefield and McCormick Counties.