Often times one hears, or sees, the damage a massive tornado can do. Friday, several in the area got an upfront view of this wicked weather phenomenon. And, it was ‘too close to home’ for some.
An EF4 massive wedge tornado caused millions of dollars of damage in the eastern industrial area and points east of Wayne on Friday. Stories are being told by many of our local people who were involved in the storm.
Kelly Gohring, Wisner, feared for her life as she took cover in a closet at Fyre-Tec, where she works as a secretary. She had left the building for an appointment. When she started for home, she witnessed the dark clouds to the south so she decided to go back to her workplace to be safe. She turned on the radio and the computer and it was reported that a tornado was six miles south on Highway #15. It didn’t take long and things started happening. Kelly took cover while she heard the strong winds and things being thrown around. She called her husband, Dave Gobar, on her cell phone and they talked until service was dropped. Then the door to the closet blew open and she saw the ceiling of the office fall in. This is when panic hit and she thought she would be sucked right out of the closet. After it passed, Kelly came out to see the massive destruction. The Fyre-Tec offices had the most damage, but they are hoping that the main plant is salvageable.
Matt and Traci (Denker) Krusemark’s farmhouse and outside buildings were completely leveled. The family took cover in the basement of their house. Traci is a volleyball coach and was listening to the storm reports on the radio on her way home. She called home and reached her daughter, Kiara, age 9, and told her to go outside and get her dad. Matt, Traci, Kiara and the twins, Jala and Kyla, age 6, all went to the storm shelter in the basement. Matt had to hold the door to the shelter with both hands as the suction was so great. They had to come back upstairs to see the house and three outside buildings gone. The livestock and the two kittens are all accounted for. Traci’s mother, Patsy Denker. Wisner, stated that the most important thing is that they are all together. “It has been overwhelming, the help that has been offered.” She said that people have donated clothing and they have enough for now. The Krusemark family is living with Matt’s parents on an acreage near Wakefield.
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