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Louisville MS Tornado Victims Get Donation from Storm Chasers

Louisville MS Tornado Victims Get Donation from Storm Chasers

Storm Assist is very fortunate to be able to work with a variety of storm chasers around the country who are willing to jump in and volunteer on our behalf.  On May 9th, we were lucky enough to have Greg Nordstrom, Meteorology teacher at Mississippi State University, volunteer to visit the Fire Department in Louisville, MS and with them, donate $2,000 directly  to tornado victims in need.  Here is his story:

 

“On Friday May 9th I drove down to Louisville, MS with $2,000 worth of visa gift card donations from Storm Assist.  I have to admit I was a little nervous with what I was about to see.  Less than two weeks earlier I was sitting in downtown Louisville watching this monster EF-4 tornado destroy everything in its path.   In the nearly 15 years I have been chasing, this was the strongest tornado I have ever seen with my own eyes.  One of my chase partners (Michael Carter) is from Louisville.  He was on the phone with his family as it was coming through town and at the time I honestly didn’t know if they would survive.  They were very lucky, but unfortunately, many were not.

I met up with Detrick Sanders at the Louisville, MS Fire Department.  He asked where I wanted to go and I told him to take me to the hardest hit areas where people need the most help.  Within minutes I started to see horrible damage where neighborhoods were basically gone.  It was very humbling to say the least.  Hearing all the stories was a little hard to take at times, but I was thankful I was able to listen, even if it was only for a few minutes.  With that said, Mississippians are some of the toughest people I have ever met and it was amazing to see the support of the community in action.  Every card I passed out was received with either a hug or a handshake and a huge thank you.  This would not have been possible without Detrick and there is no doubt the respect he has in the community he serves and protects.  He is a great man!

After lunch I went back out with Chief Johnny Haynes.  He took me to several other neighborhoods that were literally gone.   The scope and magnitude of the damage was hard to take in.  We passed out the remaining cards I had and heard many more incredible stories of survival.  As bad as it was, it is honestly a miracle more people weren’t killed considering the amount of homes this tornado hit.  It was a day I’ll never forget and I can’t thank the Louisville Fire Department enough for driving me around, helping out, and dedicating their lives everyday to the citizens of Louisville.  They are true heroes!”

~Greg Nordstrom

 

1504382_10101135814964766_615903503891697716_oHuge pine tree stripped and twisted around twice.

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x5Panoramic neighborhood shot, basically only slabs left.

x4Panoramic view of South Louisville

x3A chair embedded into the roof of a car

x2What’s left of a mobile home, and a debarked tree.

x1Only part of the garage is left, mostly facade.