Storm victims recall horror

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

What started out as a warm, if a bit cloudy, Sunday morning turned into an afternoon that changed the lives of several families in Dallas County.

For the family of Curtis Jones, things changed within a matter of minutes. By Sunday afternoon, two homes belonging to members of Jones&8217; family had been destroyed, and two more had received considerable damage. All four homes were on a private drive just off County Road 37.

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Curtis Jones saw the storm coming and went to warn his mother and sisters, but found it was too late. After being blown back into his house by the force of the storm, Jones and wife Beatrice ran into the bathroom and got into the tub until the storm passed over.

&8220;We heard a loud noise, a very loud noise,&8221; Jones said.

Jones&8217; residence, a doublewide mobile home, was split in the middle from the storm. Windows were broken and the roof was torn.

Jones&8217; sister, Bernadette Moore, suffered a bruise on the head and light neck injury.

Moore was standing in the kitchen when she was blown across the floor and slammed headfirst into a wooden couch in the living room.

She held onto the couch for dear life. &8220;The wind was so strong, it felt like my legs were being sucked into the air,&8221; Moore said.

Jones&8217; brother, Charlie, came from Orrville, picked up Jones&8217; mother and sisters, and took them to the hospital for treatment Sunday after an ambulance failed to come, Jones said.

Moore&8217;s mobile home had splits and cracks in the underpinning and broken windows. The patio was damaged, and furniture was shifted around.

The injured family members were treated at Vaughan Regional Medical Center Sunday afternoon.

The homes of Jones&8217; mother, Josephine Jones, and his sister, Everlene Stallworth, were among those completely destroyed.

The family members are planning to stay in a hotel for the time being.