Tornado victim feels safer with storm shelter in home
Julieanne Rodriguez's home was destroyed during the 2011 storms, so she made sure when she rebuilt it would be better.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Wednesday's weather brought on some of the same concern from April 27, 2011. Since those storms hit our area, many people have rebuilt their homes but made them better to prepare for Mother Nature.
Julieanne Rodriguez's home was destroyed during those storms, so she made sure when she rebuilt it would be better.
"The anxiety was through the roof," she recalls of April 27, 2011. "You always hear about tornadoes and tornado watches and warnings, but you just never really anticipate how bad it's going to be. I think it was a shock to most because when you hear tornado warning, people tend to brush it off; so when it hit, and it hit hard, I think it put everybody in a state of shock and I think you get a sense of respect for the weather."
Rodriguez hid in a closet in her Anderson Hills home nearly two years ago to ride out the storm. Since then, she's built back and added one potentially lifesaving addition: a storm shelter.
The shelter was built in the garage and can hold up to eight people.
Rodriguez also put a safe box at the stairs in case she ever needs to wait out a storm there.
She said many of her neighbors who chose to rebuild also made sure to have a storm shelter in their homes.
They were born just two weeks apart. A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old pit bull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other! Louisiana native Brandi Hodges, 25, has posted photosMore >
A 10-week-old baby and 8-week-old Pitbull have a fascinating relationship. They absolutely adore each other!More >
Monday, July 28 2014 2:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:08:17 GMT
NWS: Macroburst hit north Phoenix with 100 mph winds
A macroburst with winds in excess of 100 mph hit north Phoenix Saturday night, snapping power poles, toppling trees and cutting power to 33,000 utility customers, the National Weather Service said.More >
Intense macrobursts can cause tornado-force damage of up to F3 intensity, the National Weather Service said after it confirmed the event. The Paradise Valley Hospital sustained rooftop damage.More >
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:27 GMT
Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >