Tornado hits Seneca,uprooting families


SENECA, SC (WSPA) – For many in Seneca, the focus is now clean up and recovery after a tornado ripped through early Monday morning.

Brenda Gaillards day started about 3:00 a.m. when she jumped out of bed, after her phone alerted her that a tornado was near.

“It didn’t last two seconds, it was like poof,” Brenda Gaillard said.

What seemed like two seconds, left a long path of destruction.

Trees and roots separated by the sheer force of the storm, debris scattered across yards, winds so strong, even pushing wood straight through car doors. One house in the storms path lost its basement, the foundation rocked.

“After something like this you think about what could have happened. You’re thankful for what didn’t happen.” Gaillard said.

The framing of Gaillard’s screened in porch is now gone, she’s still looking for her sofa that sat in it. The precision of the storm, shredded two-by fours, leaving them unrecognizable.

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