That's how a Lighthouse Christian Academy employee
described the sound of the tornado that blasted through the Hilliard
Boulevard area on Tuesday.
Mary Morse was in the school office
when the sky blackened and the roar began. She struggled to close and
lock the office door at the entrance to the school.
"I've never been in a tornado," she said. "As soon as I heard that roar...we should have known, as black as the sky was."
volunteers filled the school and church, trying to repair some of the
damage caused by the blow. Workers from Atlantic City Electric and
Verizon took care of downed wires and tree company workers were
Three of the 20 classrooms in the Academy will have
to be gutted. The roof collapsed over a portion of the school and water
poured in, eventually leaving four inches on the floors, said school
Principal Lorraine Sherman.
Only four people were in the school building when the tornado hit and no one was injured, Sherman said.
"It's a real reminder of who is in control and how he protected us," she said.
offices and nursery in the church will have to be torn out. The
sanctuary sustained damaged when a portion of the roof gave way.
is also looking for donations for the school's playground. Many of the
playground fixtures were damaged and will probably have to be discarded,
Anyone who would like to donate items or help with cleanup can call 609-597-3915 for more information.