Capitola Tornado Reactions from Residents

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The tornado touched down between 7:00a.m. and 7:30a.m. Friday morning. Since then, workers spent a great deal of time cleaning up. As residents of this small community around Capitola Road stepped out of their homes to see all of this, they couldn't help but recall what they heard.

One man said, "I'm living a cliche, it really does sound like a damn freight train." Soon after, Leon County Emergency Management was on scene to lend a hand and confirm the damage.

Leon County Sheriff's office reported no injuries or deaths. The report came with a huge sigh of relief and many friends and family happy to still have one another. This holds especially true for a mother and daughter who were driving when the twister hit.

Krista Norton, the daughter said, "I was trying to hold my car on the road and not hit nothing else and um, when the car slid the wind pushed me down the hill and I got out to see where my mother was."

For Krista's mother, one tree branch came close to ending it all. "I just couldn't remember, it just happened so fast. I was just prayin' and we got out of the car and just took off running." said Vivian Norton.

One man on his porch watched his neighbor's house shift three feet off explained, "She was lucky the way the limb went into the car it didn't break her back or anything."


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