Monday, April 16, 2012

Tornado Kills 6, Destroys 86 Homes in Woodward, OK: Sister and Brother-in-law Spared

Minutes after midnight Sunday morning a "massive" tornado struck my sister and brother-in-law's neighborhood on the western side of Woodward , Oklahoma. Although there were no warning sirens, my sister was awake and watching television weather reports when their living room picture window blew in. After what must have been moments of sheer terror I am happy to say that both my sister and brother-in-law are fine but the same cannot be said of their home and property.

It would almost seem disrespectful to those who lost loved ones to detail the property damage, but to give some perspective on just how close the storm came to their house, in addition to the living room window, it destroyed portions of their roof strewing attic insulation into the trees in the yard, tore off the garage door and an entire section of their backyard fence disappeared. In a very brief conversation I had with my sister yesterday, in which I could barely hear her over the buzz of chain saws in the background, she estimates the tornado passed within a half-block of their home. April 15th will always be remembered for something other than Tax Day in my family from now on; it will be our Spring Thanksgiving.

See a slideshow of the damage at the Woodward News:

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