Tornado of ’85: A Trail of Tragedy

Tornado '85 A Trail of Tragedy

Some things stick in our minds forever.   We can easily remember where we were when we heard about Pearl Harbor, what we were doing when we found out that President Kennedy had been shot, how we felt as we watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon.   Around here, we will long remember what we were doing and what we saw on May 31st, 1985.

PHOTOS | Tornado of ’85

“I’ve been trying ever since this happened to get on the phone to get though.  I couldn’t.  I don’t know whether she was working or what.”

“It was a disaster. People were lucky they were still alive.”

“It sounded like a freight train coming through the house. I was so scared, I didn’t even think about it. I don’t know what I heard.”

“I’ve seen tidal waves and typhoons in the South Pacific. Nothing like this.”

This is what a man saw. He was visiting family in Mercer County when the tornado struck. He ordered his family in the basement, grabbed his home video tape camera, and started shooting. “See those papers blowing? That is a tornado!  Look at all the papers! That’s a tornado. Get downstairs.”

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