Tornado Hits Johnson County

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

January 3, 2006
A tornado touched down in Johnson County around 8:30 Monday night. It tore trees from the ground and blew roofs off buildings. News 12 shows you the destruction.

With the fury of a giant, the tornado that hit Johnson County snapped trees like tooth picks and ripped others right out of the ground. A silo that once stood round and upright is flattened like tinfoil. And cotton fields waiting for the next crop are now scattered with metal pieces of a barn roof.

This damage is at the Williams’ family farm near Kite in Johnson County. Joe Williams’ 80-year-old mother lives in the farmhouse.

“She said it felt like it shook her house, the foundation of her house,” Joe Williams said.

When Joe arrived after the storm, he saw what he estimates to be about $100,000 of damage.

“It’s really shocking to drive up and look at it, knowing what it used to look like. It’s never going to look like that again,” Williams said.

There used to be a wall in this building that stores the Williams’ farm equipment. But the tornado blew it away, along with the roof, almost 800 yards into the cotton field.

A few streets over, a tree cracked the foundation of Joyce Moore’s house. But as the storm roared over her home, she could barely hear the tree hit.

“It was just like a screaming wind and then the sudden everything went to blowing up,” Moore said.

Both Joyce and Joe have insurance for this damage, but that’s just the beginning.

“It will take a lot of time to clean up and get everything back. We got our winter projects now for sure,” Williams said.

A mess created in minutes, some families will spend months cleaning up.

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