WRECKAGE

Tornado

WRECKAGE – By Angela Ekpeyong

Welcome back to the show. If you are just joining us, this Is ‘THE POINT’ and we are live with Mrs. Ann a 61 years old grandma who survived the Oklahoma tornado in 1999. Ann why exactly did you refuse to leave the house to the city bunker after the warning which was 3 hours before the tornado hit?

“The tornado hit May 3rd and it happens to be my birthday…”

Your birthday?

“Exactly, it was supposed to be a special day for me. My husband and 2 kids promised to be around later that day. I made preparations and was excited because months had passed and I hadn’t seen any of them. So when the town’s alarm went off and the cops were making announcements to evacuate the city, I was torn apart. Besides we had a false alarm just 3 months prior to that experience so I just said to myself ‘not today it wouldn’t’ but I got on the phone and called my family to delay their flight.”

Storried Wreckage

So you didn’t believe the tornado will hit, but you stopped your family from coming?

“Yeah kind of, but their flight was already grounded at the airports due to bad weather conditions. The cloud had started to gather at this time. To be honest with you I wanted to go to the bunker, I just needed to make sure I shot the windows, covered the cake and packed all the food properly before I left. I was hoping it was another false alarm and it would just be another windy day. Apparently, I was wrong, it was the real thing. By the time I was done running around the house, I went out and it was like a ghost town, there wasn’t a person in the neighborhood. I drove down the road only to meet abandoned cars all over the road; there was no way out of there, so I turned the car around and went back home.

Wow!!! So what happened?

“While I was driving back home the wind was starting to gather in the air.”

You mean you actually saw the tornado form in the clouds?

“Yes I did, it wasn’t exactly far from me”

It sounds like a movie I must tell you Anny. So what did you do?

“I hurried into the house, went upstairs to the window and watched it hit the ground about 2 kilometers away from the house”

Must you have been terrified?

“Oh I was more than terrified, I’m sure I urinated on myself at some point. I watched the tornado dance around and devouring everything in its path. It drew closer very fast as though it had a mind of its own and I was its target. I walked back in fear and fell to my knees”

Why your knees? You should be running.

“Where was I to run to? I prayed one last time as that was all I could think to do. It was just a few blocks away when I closed my eyes”

Jeez!!! So what happened?

“I don’t know”

What do you mean you don’t know?

“I found myself on the ground in the middle of the house when I woke up. The tornado had cut through the house splitting it into two. I guess I fell and lost consciousness”

So if I get you correctly, you cannot explain what happened next or how you survived?

“Exactly, I cannot and I’m afraid nobody can… my advice to the millions of people watching this show is simple, never take any alarm for granted, please act cautiously and swiftly.”

 

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WRECKAGE

By Angela Ekpeyong

Welcome back to the show. If you are just joining us, this Is ‘THE POINT’ and we are live with Mrs. Ann a 61 years old grandma who survived the Oklahoma tornado in 1999. Ann why exactly did you refuse to leave the house to the city bunker after the warning which was 3 hours before the tornado hit?

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