A lot of people in Marshall County are thankful, despite tornado damage Tuesday. The damage struck the Van Zora and Harvey communities in the county. That damage in the area, the sheriff says, was the worst in the county.
Many home owners in the county are glad to be alive. A tree falling through your bedroom ceiling, a trailer turned upside down, a storage shed torn to shreds, cars and property ruined: that was the reality for Mark and Jill Winkler.
“The route that I took, I never saw anything. I was like 'It can't be that bad,' until I pulled up and said 'Okay, it really is pretty good,'” Winkler told me
They almost lost everything except their home, which looks basically untouched. “That’s amazing. We must be doing something right,” Mark said.
Rachel Thurston says three cars were ruined in the driveway, but her most prized possession, her family, is just fine. “Me, my two kids, and my husband were all in my daughter's closet with a mattress on top of us.”
The same story is true for Mike and Carol Frantzen, who told me they thought they might die. “The (tree) limb went through the room into our bedroom probably five feet from where we were laying on the floor,” Mike said.
It was faith that got many through the storm. It’s just stuff to Mark, and stuff can be replaced.
It’s over now, but hundreds of students were in the path of these dangerous storms. This is why school leaders opted to hold the students over for a little while longer to keep them out of the face of danger. A lot more than just property could have been damaged Tuesday in Marshall County.