Kimberly mother and son ride out storm in shelter

KIMBERLY, Ala. (WIAT) — An EF-1 tornado raked across the town of Kimberly Monday night, crushing homes and snapping trees.

The storm caused major damage to mobile homes where Mary Farmer and her son, William, lived. William ran across the street, knocked on his mother’s door and told her they had to get out immediately.

Now, Farmer is thanking God she’s alive.

“This is where I slept. My bed was right here,” Farmer said as she looked at the damage.

The bed was up against a wall, which, along with the ceiling, is crushed under the weight of a fallen oak tree.

The EF-1 tornado that wreaked havoc on much of Kimberly touched down right behind Farmer’s mobile home.

William’s actions likely saved her life.

“My son told me, he said, ‘No, mother. You’re coming out of here.’ I said, ‘I’m not leaving. I’m saying and will ride out the storm,’” Farmer said. “He said, ‘No, you’re coming with me.’”

“She was going to try to ride it out, and I didn’t let her. I’m glad I didn’t.

William grabbed his mom and they drove about a mile down the road to a concrete bunker.

After the tornado passed, they came back home to find destruction.

“I was going to get insurance, but I hadn’t had the money,” Farmer said.

Her car was also totaled in the storm.

For now, she’s staying with her son. A tree fell on that house, too, and will most likely need some repairs.

“I know God will have something better for me,” Farmer said.

For now, they’re taking it one day at a time.

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