Were you affected by the storm?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Do you have someone who lives in areas struck by storms Wednesday night? Do you live there yourself? Share your story with here, e-mail editor@mccookgazette.com or call (308) 345-4500.

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  • I am originally from Kingsport Tennessee. It's in upper eastern corner. I have lived in McCook for only 2 years. Last night I lost my 13-year-old cousin due to the tornadoes and storms there; her name was Tessa.

    Tessa and her father went to take shelter in their basement. They were in the basement for only a short time before the tornado hit, collapsing the house on top of them. Fortunately my uncle made it with only a few scrapes and bruises, my cousin was not so fortunate. The roof of her grandparents' home was completely taken off and my grandpa's truck ended up in the side of the neighbors garage. My aunt and uncle's house was also hit. My aunt, Misty, said it sounded like a dozen trains were coming and then all the windows in the house just busted. She and my Uncle (and the dogs) went to the basement. When the storm was over, they found that the wind threw my uncle's truck upside down in the tree in the yard. I prayed hard last night as my family was going through this horrible time.

    --Sara Rowe, McCook, Nebraska

    -- Posted by croswind on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 8:37 AM
  • I just read your on line request for stories about the storms in the South Eastern United States. My name is Robert (Bob) Harris and graduated from the MHS in 1963 and MJC in 1965.

    I am proud to call McCook my home town and look forward to coming back home at least once a year. I will return with my family over the 4th of July holidays again this year. I want my son's (age 9 and 15) to know more about McCook and will return with them every year as long as I am around.

    Anyway, I now live in Northwest Alabama and work for the Tennessee Valley Authority and the tornadoes were all around where I live and work.

    Most of the damage around here was south of us. The town of Phil Campbell that has been in the national news is about 30 miles south of Florence where I live and at least a dozen people are feared dead and homes and business were leveled yesterday afternoon.

    Around here we received straight line winds above 70 miles an hour with many inches of rain and there is a lot of damage, but nothing like 30 miles south of here. Schools were let out yesterday because of the storms so my kids liked that part of the storm They got to feel a large stone house we live in shake and receive some water damage in the basement so they had a little excitement.

    There were over 8,000 homes without electricity around here and over 350,000 across the state of Alabama. We live about 60 miles west of Huntsville, Alabama, that was hit fairly hard by the storms also.

    My brother, Bert, lives on our family farm near Opelika, Alabama and he e-mailed this morning to indicate that things were OK on the farm, but there were tornadoes in that area also.

    Most every part of Alabama had some really high straight line winds or tornadoes.

    I have received calls from Alaska, Florida, Las Vegas, Colorado and some e-mails from around the country from friends wondering if I was all right and I appreciate their concern.

    I might add that living in Nebraska for 53 years of my life, I saw some tremendous snow storms, high winds and tornadoes, etc. which makes me very used to the wrath of Mother Nature. Nebraskans have seen their share of bad weather over the years also.

    Bob Harris.

    Florence, Alabama

    -- Posted by croswind on Thu, Apr 28, 2011, at 4:16 PM
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