Tornado in Ardmore destroys family's house

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit parts of the Elkmont and Ardmore communities in Limestone County

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 6:09 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2018 6:15 PM

The National Weather Service confirmed today a tornado hit parts of the Elkmont and Ardmore communities in Limestone County.

On Gatlin road, the strong wind from last night's storm ripped apart one house.

Parts of the house and items from inside are scattered across the road into the neighbor's yard.

"You think of this happening to someone else. But you don't think of it happening to your friends right around you," said Diane Pack.

Diane Pack couldn't believe what she was seeing. She watched the news Monday night and saw her close friend's storm battered house in Ardmore. Pack said it was frightening.

"All I could think of was to get in touch with them. I couldn't get in touch with them. So I stared texting, and saying are you okay? Are you okay? Finally they got back in touch with me," Pack said.

Pack told WAAY 31 when the friends noticed the storm was churning closer to Ardmore, they went to their neighbor's tornado shelter.

"That's probably what saved their lives. They had their grandchildren with them. They went to the shelter and came out and realized the damage, and knew then that they had made the right decision," Pack said.

Treasured keepsakes and other valuables are now destroyed. Only memories remain of what this home in Ardmore used to be. Pack didn't live here, but still she's heartsick.

She and her husband remolded the insight of it 4 years ago.

"Inside was like a brand new house. It's kind of hard to go in there and look at it because it took us about 4 months to do it. It's hard to look at everything we did,  it's gone and destroyed," Pack said.

Last night, other nearby neighbors were driving on Highway 251. The violent storm turned them around.

"There were garbage, debris, and limbs that were everywhere. That's when I decided to turn around and not drive into that," said Barbara Faulk.

In Elkmont, WAAY 31  caught up with those neighbors who are cleaning up the mess. They said the tornado felt like it lasted an eternity.

"By 6:15, we went to the storm house. Me and my family heard a loud roar. It didn't sound like a train. Sounded more like a jet plane to me," said Jamie Dawson.

Crews in Ardmore are working to remove whatever they can salvage from inside this house. They're working to do that any more rain gets here.

Huntsville/Redstone
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 45°
Muscle Shoals
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 51°
Huntsville/Madison
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 44°
Decatur
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 45°
Fort Payne
Clear
40° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 40°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 490220

Reported Deaths: 9744
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson704661342
Mobile35810721
Madison32203443
Tuscaloosa23961409
Montgomery22417489
Shelby21773211
Baldwin19635272
Lee14883147
Morgan13571248
Etowah13118312
Calhoun13090283
Marshall11212203
Houston10036257
Limestone9321133
Elmore9313179
Cullman8864177
St. Clair8771220
Lauderdale8570210
DeKalb8419173
Talladega7450162
Walker6492249
Jackson6466102
Autauga617285
Blount6072125
Colbert5978118
Coffee5229100
Dale4614106
Russell401431
Franklin397675
Covington3948105
Chilton383196
Escambia376670
Tallapoosa3559139
Clarke342749
Dallas3396140
Chambers3393103
Pike292771
Lawrence281284
Marion280793
Winston245665
Bibb243759
Marengo238554
Geneva238468
Pickens223554
Barbour209550
Hale208464
Fayette199356
Butler195165
Henry182341
Cherokee176338
Monroe165638
Randolph162740
Washington156233
Crenshaw143353
Clay143254
Macon140543
Cleburne136539
Lamar131632
Lowndes130148
Wilcox120825
Bullock116534
Conecuh106523
Perry105327
Sumter98231
Coosa86823
Greene86732
Choctaw54723
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 768946

Reported Deaths: 11266
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby866001472
Davidson80790841
Knox45241571
Hamilton39979454
Rutherford37906375
Williamson25011202
Sumner21166312
Montgomery17207207
Out of TN1667091
Wilson16194209
Unassigned15662125
Sullivan14169273
Blount13929178
Bradley12734138
Washington12671231
Maury12141159
Sevier11889161
Putnam10537168
Madison10049226
Robertson8886118
Hamblen7958161
Anderson7893155
Greene7258144
Tipton6896101
Coffee6264114
Gibson6168140
Dickson6148103
Cumberland6072117
Carter5926152
McMinn586289
Roane581795
Bedford5756117
Loudon563164
Jefferson5580116
Lawrence554681
Warren529875
Monroe526389
Dyer5222101
Hawkins518793
Franklin470684
Fayette463771
Obion435794
Rhea411773
Lincoln410561
Cocke396192
Marshall388354
Cheatham385743
Campbell378158
Weakley377559
Giles371095
Henderson361173
Carroll346881
Hardeman337663
Macon335073
White333965
Hardin329762
Lauderdale309342
Henry298975
Marion290244
Wayne286430
Scott285042
Overton283757
Claiborne273666
McNairy265051
Haywood264359
Hickman262840
DeKalb261548
Smith253336
Grainger240746
Trousdale237922
Morgan228537
Fentress228344
Johnson215038
Chester200647
Bledsoe198210
Crockett196946
Unicoi179347
Cannon173628
Polk173621
Union168930
Lake167326
Grundy166330
Sequatchie153927
Decatur153137
Humphreys151321
Benton149939
Lewis145724
Meigs125421
Jackson124834
Stewart123124
Clay106230
Perry102527
Houston102330
Moore93616
Van Buren79120
Pickett74723
Hancock49312

Community Events