Sonya Crooks : Tornado Oral History


Sonya Crooks : Tornado Oral History


Submitted: November 7, 2005
Sonya Crooks
Newton Falls, OH

I have very vivid memories of that day. I was only 13 at the time. I was visiting my grandparents, as I did every Friday when my parents went out. I was playing a game with a friend. The lights started to flicker and went out. I thought that was odd since lights don’t go out unless there’s a storm. By the time I reached the kitchen I heard my grandfather say he heard a train, but it wasn’t on the tracks. I yelled, “Tornado!” and that was it. We didn’t have a chance to reach the basement. I was sucked against the wall and it blew my glasses off my face. When it was over and we went outside it looked like a bomb went off. I remember the clock stopped at exactly 6:42 pm. I also remember the sky was a strange green color, I was told that was the debris in the air. It was extremely humid; there wasn’t any breeze; there were no birds singing. Something else that I thought was odd was that there was no warning at all. There was nothing like they show on TV; no rain, no thunder, no hail, nothing, it just dropped out of the sky. I still panic every time it storms.

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