The National Weather
Service says it appears a strong tornado tore a path a few miles long through
the Notasulga community in Macon County, Alabama.
News Leader 9's Elizabeth
White visited with one family Friday affected by the storm, who says a miracle
saved them that night.
The Brooks family showed us
the small closet under their stairs where the wife and the three children
James Brooks, however, was
in the kitchen lighting a lantern, when he said he heard a sound he will never
"When I started to light
the lantern, I heard the rumble just a low almost constant thunder, I thought
that's bad I need to get in my safe place my family was already there I went to
go and the house exploded," James said.
Brooks dove to the kitchen
floor and prayed his family was safe during what he describes as 15 seconds of
As soon as this possible
tornado hit, it was gone.
As the family was leaving
the house, the local fire department, police, and neighbors were already in
their yard ready to help and that help continued the next day.
The National Weather
Service visited the home on Friday and they believe a tornado touched down and
lasted a few miles on the ground damaging about 12 homes in the area.
He is grateful his family
had a plan, they knew the safe spot in their house, and he believes it saved
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