A New Orleans family was forced to say good-bye to their neighboring homes due to the horrific tornadoes that struck the area on Tuesday. However the family of five is praising God for keeping each one of them alive and unharmed.
Louisiana is now in a state of emergency after 7 tornadoes touched down and destroyed major portions of eastern New Orleans and the surrounding area, according to local media.
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The Governor of the state, John Bel Edwards said in a recent press conference that even though there is lots of destruction, “the Lord has blessed us with not a single fatality at this time.”
The first tornado touched down midday Tuesday according to reports and a local five member family explained that this natural disaster came with no warning signs like Hurricane Katrina, a brutal weather storm that destroyed lives and homes.
The Pierre family is one of the many in the area impacted by the tornado.
Angela Pierre told WFAA that during the ordeal, “I lost it, but I was at a school where I work and they had everyone on lockdown so I couldn’t leave.”
“And so we just prayed, just prayed and trusted God,” she said. Her husband Richard and son were at the family home and eating lunch when they felt the tornado hit. Grandmother Rhetta Jacob, however, was stuck in her house next door when a tornado absolutely shredded her house in an instant. It collapsed around her, and she was trapped under the furniture along with her caretaker, Ashaki Brown.
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The couple’s son, Austin, and his father Richard were able to pull the debris and furniture off of her and they were shocked to see she was unharmed. He told WFAA,“It’s amazing, the whole living room collapsed around her where she wasn’t touched or injured” and she was carried out through a window.
The family is staying positive even though they lost everything but each other. Angel said “This is hard, but this is material things, and we just thank God for life, that everybody got out OK.”