Tornado Surprises Woman & her Dog

James Jarvis, an American Red Cross volunteer, distributes meals to Mrs. Judy Durbin and her mother following a tornado that destroyed her home.

James Jarvis, an American Red Cross volunteer, distributes meals to Mrs. Judy Durbin and her mother following a tornado that destroyed her home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judy Durbin was sitting on her couch in Chocowinity, watching television with her dog, Sammy.  In a matter of seconds and without warning, her life was turned upside down by a tornado.

“My power went out and the next thing I knew the windows blew in.  It happened just that fast!  I couldn’t wrap my mind around what was happening, and then it was gone,” she said.

The house had collapsed all around her, except the roof over her head and two windows behind her.

Durbin was sitting on her couch with Sammy held tightly in her arms, trying to figure out what had just happened, when her neighbor, Duncan, stepped in through what had until moments ago been a window.  “Why are you coming through my window,” she recounted thinking.

A transplanted Beaufort County resident, Durbin spent most of her life living in the midwestern United States – a place far more accustomed to tornadic activity.  During the majority of her life, she experienced not a single natural disaster.  She moved to North Carolina 15 years ago and since then has been through three.

This is also the third time she has been assisted by the American Red Cross.  During Hurricanes Floyd & Fran, she experienced severe flooding and the Red Cross was there to provide “just about everything we needed.”

“I think a lot of the Red Cross,” Durbin said.

To learn more about how you can help, please visit www.redcross.org.

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