Family recalls tornado fifteen years later

SYLVAN SPRINGS, Ala. (WIAT) – Fifteen years later and it’s still a vivid memory.

On April 8, 1998, an EF-5 tornado ripped a half-mile wide and 30-mile long path through west Jefferson County.

For some, all that remains of that day are pictures and memories.

“Well, they came to my house and told me my sister was dead,” Marie Weyher said. “And we couldn’t find other family members.”

Weyher recalls what she was doing on  that day as if it were yesterday.

“I got in a closet downstairs,” Weyher said. “We could hear everything moving upstairs.”

Vickie Edmonds, Weyher’s daughter, lived a couple of blocks away from her mother’s house. Her memories are even worse.

“It sounded like a jet was just flying directly into the house,” Edmonds said on Thursday. “Then we heard the glass breaking and shattering and the wind blowing. Then we were outside being rained on.”

The storm, as devastating as it was, taught everyone in the area a valuable lesson: take the weather seriously.

“Listen to the weather reports, and when you’re instructed to get to your safe place you go to your safe place and you stay there,” Edmonds said.

The Weyher’s lost two loved ones on that night in April in 1998, and that’s something they don’t want anyone else to have to live through.

 

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