Nineteen people were killed by violent thunderstorms that tore through the south this past weekend. There was one person in the midst of the tornado that should have died, but by some miracle, survived untouched, and she was 75-years-old to top it off!
This woman had an incredible stroke of luck when she decided to hide in her bathtub from the tornado that carved out a 13-mile path in east Texas.
The mother described how she hid from the tornado after her and her son sat in the bathtub while it was picked up by the wind, flung into the air and dropped in nearby woods.
The National Weather Service filed a storm report stating that it was simply jaw-dropping. The report describes how the 800-yard-wide tornado, packing winds of 130 mph, tore off the roof of a storage building on Saturday and tossed a party barge 200 yards into a grove of trees.
The craziest part though, was this…
A senior meteorologist, Jason Hansford, conducted the storm survey, and spoke with the woman after the incident.
“She heard the tornado warning come out and she took cover in the tub in her bathroom,”
“The only thing she remembers is that the tornado came in from the southwest across her home. At that point, the whole backside of her house was sheared off. Her bathtub was ripped out of her bathroom and she ended up still in her tub in some woods near her home.”
Hansford said he didn’t know exactly how far the women, who he estimated was in her 60s, was thrown. Except for some cuts and bruises, “she was uninjured but emotionally shaken,” he said, adding that her house was totaled
This stands out as one of the most incredible tornado survival stories I’ve read. In the absence of an underground storm shelter, meteorologists frequently tell people to shelter in a bathtub during a tornado because it is heavy and typically well-secured.
“The bathroom has strong framing and the pipes in the walls could help hold them together, according to Tornadoproject.com,” wrote AccuWeather in 2011. “The bathtub and commode are directly anchored to the ground. They are often the only things left intact after a tornado passes.”
Several people survived the deadly tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011 by huddling in bathtubs, AccuWeather reported.
What happened next is hard to believe, but the Williams family is adamant it’s true.
The tub lifted straight into the air with mother and son inside, spinning furiously.
After flying to an unknown height, the tub flew some distance to woods near the house. Rickey Williams said he fell out of the tub and landed safely on the ground about 20 feet from his mother, who rode the flying tub all the way down.
Williams said that…
‘It felt like somebody had their hands on us and just placed us on the ground.’
How amazing that this Texas tornado dislodged the bathtub with the woman inside, hoisted her into the air and then ever so gently laid it back on the ground — with the woman unharmed.
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