Dexter Tornado: What Went Right?

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

In Dexter, some houses were destroyed by the tornado that ripped through the community on Thursday.

Kelli Peters' house is not a total loss, but was heavily damaged. Even so, no one in her home was injured. She says it's partly because sirens went off about 20 minutes before the tornado struck, giving them plenty of time to take cover

"When I heard the sirens, I turned around and grabbed the kids and got them in the basement," Peters said.

Authorities say the fact that no one was seriously injured not only speaks to the emergency preparedness of the community, but also the time when the tornado hit.

"We were fortunate it went in the way where a lot of those homes weren't occupied, people hadn't returned home from work," said Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton.

Some may call it a lucky coincidence, but residents say they also relied on each other to pull through safely.

"Everybody was racing around afterwards, we had flooding, we had hail, but the neighbors were going through and getting people out and checking on everybody," Peters said.

Houses and property may be gone forever, though the consensus in the community is that luck was on their side.

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