Lauderdale County residents cleanup after EF-2 tornado hits

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit Lauderdale County with a preliminary strength of EF-2.

WJTV’s Terrance Friday visited the area, and even though we’ve been hearing a lot about the destruction of the Collinsville Baptist Church, there were many others impacted by the storm.

Bonnie Barber says she took heed to those warnings, but she never expected to find her home of more than 30 years in the shape it’s in now.

“They were warning us every minute on the TV to find a safe place. It’s coming into Collinsville. Find a safe place,” Barber said.

Barber says she has had her share of pain. Her daughter was killed 15 years ago and her husband lost a battle with cancer. She says this only adds to the list.

“You never get adjusted to sorrow. I am 85. Am I going to start over or what?” Barber said.

Another family in Lauderdale County is also shaken by the significant damage left behind from the storm.

“My mother and I got in the closet and covered up with the pillows. My grandson and my daughter-in-law, they also got in the closet,” Crissie Douglas, a Lauderdale County resident, said.

“My 5-year-old was in there and my wife. They heard a loud noise and took off running to the closet,” Kevin Douglas, a Lauderdale County resident, said.

Everyone made it out safely, but they say it was one of the most terrifying moments of their lives.

“While we were preparing, it just happened so fast. It’s indescribable. We were just weeping and so thankful we were alive,” Crissie Douglass said.

“Everybody has pitched in and helped, but we aren’t nearly through,” Barber said.


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