Kokomo residents thankful they survived tornado

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KOKOMO, Ind. - For residents in Kokomo, Wednesday afternoon came full of fear and terror as a tornado tore through town.

“I was just so scared,” said Kathleen Marsh.

The twister passed right over Kathleen Marsh’s apartment building at the Park Place Apartments at Park and Boulevard in Kokomo, sending her running to the bathroom for cover.

Winds ripped off the roof.

“Never in my life,” she said through tears, “I tried to push the door, and the wind was just blowing fast.”

The winds were also no match for 14-year-old Jaylin Gibbons, running to hide with his sister.

“We went to open the door to go in the basement, and it all came in. It jerked the door out of my hand,” he said, “We had to shut it, ran into the bathroom, and the furnace exploded. We all hid in the tub.”

Staff at the apartments said at least six buildings sustained heavy roof damage and likely serious structural damage. They worked, along with first responders, to get affected residents out of their apartments and into shuttles to be taken to a shelter.

“When I looked out, I watched it take out the house behind me and the two houses north of me,” said Dion Hinders.

About a mile away on Armstrong Street, Dion Hinders came out of her home to hear an elderly couple banging on the door across the street, yelling for help. The two couldn’t get out.

“We got up to the porch, and one girl went toward the window and got the door unlocked. I pushed from one side, and she pushed from the other. We were able to get the couple out,” said Hinders.

Hinders said the two weren’t hurt, just shaken up. They’d tried to get to the bathroom for shelter but didn’t make it.

“Everybody that was in their houses is really lucky,” said Hinders.

Some like Kathleen Marsh, cling to faith, to get them through.

“God is good. Good in spite of it. He’s good,” she said.

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