Pike County Tornado "Obliterates" Mobile Homes, Leaves Families Homeless


By Brittany Bivins

The National Weather Service confirms at least an EF-1 tornado came through Pike County, causing extensive damage and leaving several families homeless.

Quavia Cummings was inside his bedroom at Brantley Mobile Home Park in northern Troy, when the storm came through. "Trees had started to fell, so I jumped in my closet and when I jumped in my closet, I started hearing the, everything, house started breaking," he said. "I hope I don't die. That's the only thing really going through my mind."

Emergency crews freed him and at least two other people from their homes just off Highway 231. The National Weather Service say winds reached up to 120 miles per hour in Pike County. In Goshen, there was even more damage along Highway 2214. "The home behind us was rolled off its foundations and into the woods and pretty much destroyed and obliterated," said John De Block with the NWS.

Two people were inside, and officials say one man receives serious, but not life-threatening injuries. "At this point, we're working with the National Weather Service to conduct the surveys, do the damage assessments and they will determine what exactly came through, and the size and strength of it, and from then on we'll continue to focus on the human factor and take care of the people that were impacted by the storms," said Jeanna Barnes, Director of the Pike County EMA.

The Pike County Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross will open emergency intake centers Thursday to help those who lost their homes in the storms.

The Red Cross will open an intake center in Goshen at 9 Thursday morning at town hall. Troy's will open at 2 in the afternoon at the Pike County Fire and Rescue building.

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