Residents React after EF-1 Tornado Strikes Whigham

Residents React after EF-1 Tornado Strikes Whigham
Posted at 8:41 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 17:43:57-05

WHIGHAM, Ga. (WTXL) -- Trucks clearing debris, chainsaws cutting trees, and a flag hanging on by a thread. All after a tornado swept through near Whigham early Wednesday morning.

Local residents surprised by the damage, said that it came through quickly.

"It was like a big boom noise", said one of the residents impacted by the storm. "So that's what I think woke us all up and we checked to make sure we were all okay and everything."

Trees were uprooted all across providence road, originally blocking access to the small neighborhood along the street.

"It was a mess, but thankfully nothing on the church was hurt", said Bob Knight, pastor of the El Bethel Baptist Church in the neighborhood. "Just the outer trees."

But this didn't stop families from quickly getting together to clean up. "We were cleaning up", We have some folks from our church who have the equipment and our neighbor next door has some equipment and they're helping us get everything cleaned up."

And through all of the noise, wind, and rain, there were some encouraging signs, like a glass bottle sculpture unscathed, or a family smiling through the aftermath, thankful to be alive and safe.

The tornado was confirmed by the national weather service to be an EF-1 tornado. With winds of around 90 mph. All part of a night filled with several severe thunderstorms with at least fifteen separate storm reports.