Kirk thanks God for safety during tornado
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:00 AM
James Kirk knows God had a hand in his survival following last week's tornado in Louisville.
James Kirk thanks God for his safety following last week’s tornado. He took shelter in a closet while his home took a beating. Above is the hole made when a neighbors cast iron cauldron shot through.
Kirk, a McCullough Road resident, was at his home on the front porch when he noticed that there was no wind.
"That's when I saw a green leaf fall from the sky," he said. "I looked up then saw a tree limb fall.
"I yelled to my neighbor to take cover and then I heard the roar."
Kirk ran to his office to close a window but when he lowered it the pressure inside the room increased, sucking the air out, so he raised it back.
Looking out the window Kirk saw the twister coming across the road.
"It was this big, swirling, muddy water wall filled with pine trees," he said.
Kirk ran into an interior closet and rode out the storm.
"When it hit it was like a bomb went off," he said.
While surveying the damage Thursday, Kirk pointed out a brick wall where a neighbor's cast iron cauldron had blown through. The walls of the house had several rectangular holes where bricks were thrown clean through them.
The tornado, he said, didn't last a minute before it was gone.
Exiting the closet, the first thing Kirk saw was the master bathroom that had been left untouched with the exception of window glass covering the floor.
"It did major damage. The house stood up pretty well to it compared to everybody else's. I'm thankful to be here. This can all be rebuilt. "
Kirk said he knew God was watching out for him when he saw the crosses in the home.
On top of a kitchen mantle there was a cross with two glass plates beside it.
"The plates had been shattered but the cross was OK," he said.
There were also three crosses on the wall. The tornado threw everything else in the house except those crosses, Kirk said.
"I've lost everything but I'm thankful to be alive," he said.