Tornado Drops 7-year-old Boy on Highway
In the middle of a terrible storm, 7-year-old Jamal Stevens was swept from his home by a tornado and then dropped 350 feet away on a highway. Luckily for Jamal, he only suffered minor injuries while his family’s 2-story-home was completely demolished.
That evening, Jamal’s grandmother, Patricia Stevens had been sleeping downstairs while her daughter-in-law and four grandchildren slept upstairs. In an instant, the storm suddenly picked up and the two women quickly attempted to bring the kids downstairs.
“That’s when the whole wall was just sucked out,” Stevens recalled. “I was just sitting there and I just saw the walls get sucked out. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, am I seeing this right?’”
The 3-year-old twin sisters remained in the living room with Ashley unscathed and Amber suffering minor injuries. Unfortunately, the other two kids, Jamal and Ayanna were literally sucked out of the home.
Ayanna was later found in the neighbor’s yard, but Jamal was nowhere to be found.
Stevens recalled their search for Jamal. “He’s not in the yard, but we could hear him and we kept saying can you stand up, can you stand up?”
After a few minutes, they finally found him on the embankment of the interstate, alive but injured. The children were all rushed to the hospital, but have now been released.
“I’ve never seen or heard anything like that,” said Patricia Stevens, Jamal’s grandmother. ” I never want to go through that again. I don’t want anyone to ever go through that again.”