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Palmetto resident recalls moments before and after deadly tornado

Following the deadly tornado that tore through the Palmetto area Saturday morning, one resident recounts what it was like leading up to and after the storm.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 5:33 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 4:49 PM

Palmetto, LA - Following the deadly tornado that tore through the Palmetto area Saturday morning, one resident recounts what it was like leading up to and after the storm.

"I’m just grateful, I’m grateful. I realize that you know we have a lot of material things, it’s not that important," said Carol Johnson Tademy, who lives off of the street where the tornado hit.

She she was awakened by weather alerts warning residents of possible tornadic activity in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"I Was awakened by the emergency alert that comes on your phone. So I kept turning it off because I wasn’t getting up," she said.

After turning on her television to media outlets covering the potential threat of a tornado, that’s when she knew it was serious and started gathering her family together. "When we started looking out, and I did see it approach over the trees. And we just got in the bathroom, huddled together praying of course."

While her home suffered no damage, it was after stepping outside that she realized her brother’s home was no longer there.

"We realized that nothing was there and his vehicles weren’t there. So as we were approaching, all of the vehicles were tossed in the field next to it and his home wasn’t there," Tademy said.

It didn’t take long before she found her brother and his wife alive in a ditch across the street. "The tornado had taken them over to this area. So we found them right past this pole area in the ditch."

She says she is grateful that God was on their side that day.

"I think God spared them because he wants to make them a mission for him. Not saying that they’re drawing people to them but it’s going to be through them that he uses them to draw people to him," she said.

She adds that her brother and his wife are still in the hospital but are expected to make a full recovery.

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