The home of state Sen. Giles Ward was severely damaged Monday when a tornado passed through his neighborhood in Jordan Circle in Louisville.
The home of state Sen. Giles Ward was severely damaged Monday when a tornado passed through his neighborhood in Jordan Circle in Louisville.
State Sen. Giles Ward and his family survived 45 seconds of terror as a tornado severely damaged their home and flipped one vehicle.

The Ward home, on Jordan Circle in Louisville, was damaged after a tornado touched down and tore a path of destruction through Louisville late Monday.

Ward and members of his family were at the house Tuesday morning shifting through the debris looking for anything salvageable.

Despite the destruction, Ward is thankful no one was hurt.

"It's not nearly as bad as it could have been," Ward said Tuesday morning. "Everything that is important in my life is still walking around breathing. We're blessed to be here."

Ward said he received warning of the tornado 20 minutes before it struck and was able to track it on television. He added that he didn't lose power until the twister actually hit.

Besides Ward, the home was also occupied by his wife, their daughter, son-in-law, two grand-daughters and a dog.

When the tornado hit the family was situated in two bathrooms in the center of the home, exactly where Ward has always been told to get.

The tornado lasted 45 seconds.

"Candidly, I thought this was it," he said, "and we were fixing to go to a reward."

The destruction to his home, Ward said, was a total loss and he was not sure if he would rebuild.

"This neighborhood, the beauty of it was the trees and the landscaping and I just can't answer that right now," he said.

The Jordan Circle neighborhood has approximately 30 homes located in it and nearly all were affected.

"This neighborhood has fallen and for all intents and purposes it's been destroyed," Ward said, noting only five or six could be salvaged.

Also damaged in the storm was a Ford Explorer belonging to Ward's son-in-law. The tornado picked it up and flipped it.

"It's a miracle that we're alive," Ward said. "Unfortunately, there are families that are not as fortunate as we are and our hearts and prayers go out to them."