Looking Back at April 2011, Part 2

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The EF-4 tornado had winds near 200 mph. It demolished the Jasper County home where Gerald Jones lived. Two people were killed nearby.

Jones said, "About a year ago, everything just went to hell more or less. It took the roof off the other house and knocked it off its foundation, and we were left homeless."

Where the rubble of his home sat one year ago now sits the frame of his new home. He has been living in a FEMA trailer since last summer.

"I've got the new house going. Everything is looking good. There's still a lot of work to do. We're getting tired of living in the FEMA trailer," said Jones.

He says his new home in Montrose will have a tornado safe room in case another tornado comes lurking.

The tornado ripped a path of destruction through Clarke County, too.

Stonewall resident Harry Chandler recalled, "It was just on the other side of the river. I actually heard the trees and everything breaking before I actually saw the tornado itself. What I was looking at was the low clouds and all the little 'finger clouds' that trail along underneath it. They were all headed north, and they just stopped and turned and went back south. I told my daughter then 'we're in trouble.'"

Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp remembered when the tornado approached. He said, "Our main goal is public safety and try to get as many people alerted as possible and try to get them in a safe structure.

The tornado continued its wrath into Choctaw County, where it finally faded away into memory and its path of destruction faded into reality..

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