An elderly woman and her son took a wild ride in a bathtub when a tornado struck their house.
East Texas storms on Jan. 21 spawned an EF2 strength tornado that ripped through more than a dozen homes in Marion County, reports KYTX.
Charlesetta Williams, 75, took refuge with her son in a bathtub. When the twister hit the house, she described the resulting sound as "Woo, woo, woo, woo. Boom." The next thing they knew, they were flying through the air.
Everything happened so fast the only thing Williams remembers is being in her bathtub one moment and her yard the next.
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"We were laying in the bathtub in the bathroom, and we heard a boom," she explained. "Then when we woke up, we were in the yard."
The National Weather Service described the events matter-of-factly, reports Gizmodo: “The tornado continued in a northeast direction, crossing CR 3300 at which point it removed the roof of a home. A woman inside took shelter in a bathtub and the tornado lifted the tub out of the home and deposited it in the woods with the woman still in the tub but the woman was not injured.”
She says she escaped with only bruises and scratches, and there were apparently no serious injuries to her son, either.
Capt. Nancy Rogers of the Gray Volunteer Fire Department, arrived at the Williams' home shortly after the tornado hit, and described the damage as being unlike anything she’d seen.
"These were people's homes this time,” Rogers said. “Every once and a while you'll hear about somebody's shop getting blown over, but these were people's homes."
At least 15 homes were destroyed, Rogers said, but there were no serious injuries reported. Speaking to Williams and her son, she claimed divine intervention, declaring, "You had the hand of God over the top of you."
Williams concurred. "I'm blessed,” she said. “I couldn't live through another one. I'd have a heart attack."