Storm Moves House Five Feet

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

It now appears that the strongest of all the tornadoes that struck east Mississippi Monday night was in the Clarke County town of Shubuta.

Weather service officials confirmed Wednesday that an F-2 tornado struck there.

Around 11:17 p.m. Monday, the Cochran family in Shubuta heard a loud noise. The couple ran into a bedroom closet, but before they could close the door, the tornado lifted the house and dropped it about five feet away.

The home was destroyed, but the couple managed to get out with only bruises.

"I just felt the bump when it hit the ground. It just happened so, it couldn't have been more than five or ten seconds. It was over," said Jenny Cochran.

"And then she felt me pile in on top of her," said Andy Cochran.

"Of course, the first thing we heard, are you OK? Are you OK?And we both were," said Jenny. "So we've been blessed. We've really been blessed."

The couple is staying in Shubuta with family, say they plan to rebuild on their property.

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  • by Gwen Location: Quitman on Mar 6, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    I'm so sorry Andy & Jenny about your house, but praise God, you are ok and you were blessed.When I heard the warnings, I started praying, for all of us and praise God he heard everyones Prayers. In our weakness, He is our strength, so just call on that strength in the days ahead. God Bless.
  • by Jean Location: Meridian on Mar 6, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    It's good they plan to rebuild, even though it won't be easy. Best wishes to the family for a brighter future.
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