Residents describe the moment Pulaski tornado struck

An EF-1 tornado with 100 mph winds hit Pulaksi and Montgomery Counties Monday night.

"My boyfriend, Kyle, came up here and he was going to bring grain up to our horses, and when he came back in and said my name I knew something was wrong," said Sam Stike.

Stike lives within minutes of the damage path. She had no idea that just yards away her neighbor's homes were being damaged, and destroyed.

"I opened the door and all I could see was white, and it was all I could do to lean on the door and shut it," said Tim Cundiff, who lives just down the street from Stike.

Cundiff and his family were at the table playing cards when the tornado struck. He noticed debris began hitting the door, and that's when he walked over and realized what was coming towards him, and ran for the bathtub.

"You know it's just reacting. I know my wife was moving, and I was moving, and it's not until you're sitting in a tub in the dark that you say oh my gosh, you know, something really bad could happen here and let's just hope it doesn't," he said.

Some of the worst damage happened just over the hill from Stike's and Cundiff's houses. The Giilbert's home was battered by debris, and strong winds.

"It's a power recliner, and the power was out. So he couldn't get up. His back is hurt," said Becky Gilbert as she described a reclining chair her husband was sitting in.

Gilbert and her husband Larry were sitting in their living room right inside of a pair of french doors when debris came flying through them shattering glass all over them.

Gilbert said she caught the roof being lifted off of their garage a split second before, and there was no time to react.

The 100+ mph winds lofted cinder blocks through their walls and roof like cannonballs. She says through it all, they only had minor cuts from the flying glass. A long shot from what was going through their heads when Larry admits he thought they were going to die.

"You evaluate yourself and make sure you're ok, and then you get out and you check your neighbors and make sure they're ok. Then it's just, you live for another day," Cundiff said.

Another day with what matters most: each other.


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