Queensborough residents still recovering 1 year after tornado

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Nearly one year ago a deadly storm barreled through the Ark-La-Tex causing massive destruction in its wake.

“All of a sudden I heard this crash,” said Jean Johnson, Queensborough residents.

Jean Johnson describes the moment that changed her life.”We came outside and saw the tree had fallen on the house. I was just devastated. It scared the life out of me,” said Johnson.

Johnson’s home and a house next door that she was renting out to a tenant were damaged. A tree fell on both causing showers of rain to destroy much of her property.”We had to sign up for Red Cross and they had to assess the damages,” said Johnson.

Red Cross covered some of the expenses, but not all. The floors in the house she was renting next door were never repaired.”So I don’t have anyone in there now,” said Johnson.

The destruction from the tornado caused a ripple effect in Johnson’s life.
She no longer receives extra money from renting out the house next door and must survive off of her social security.

“I have to really really hold tight to have money from one month to the next,” said Johnson.

Here at the National Weather Service, they’re predicting severe weather similar to last year and we could possibly see hail, flooding, and tornados.

“That event back then very strong storm system as well. We had a cold front that moved through later in the event, but at the beginning of the event we had a very strong storm that developed ahead of the cold front,” said Brandy Richardson, National Weather Service.

Brandy Richardson says the most severe threat will hit Saturday afternoon.”When that warning is issued it’s time to take action,” said Richardson.

And Johnson understands first hand the importance of making your safety a priority.

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