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Twister slams same area hit by killer storm in '11

 Members of The Rock church pray with Roger Carter after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athen...
 Utility workers tend to power poles after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala. The to...
 A Red Cross relief truck brings food and drinks to workers as they clean-up after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on the sam...
 Shamar Caudle rides his skateboard in front of his damaged home after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on the same path that ...
 Bricks still sit in banding waiting to be put on this house after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012...
 William Ogletree looks out the roof of a home he was working on in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala. This house was almost...
 William Ogletree looks at a car that was was dropped off by the tornado in front of a home he was working on in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3...
 A toilet lies on the foundation of a home that was destroyed by the F5 tornado that hit on April 27, 2011, in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, ...
 Family and friends begin the task of clean-up after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on the same path that an F5 tornado left...
 The Estill family's  motorhome lies in ruin after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala...
 Madeline Wilson helps David Waller pull nails out of boards as they begin clean-up after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on ...

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Members of The Rock church pray with Roger Carter after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athen...

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Utility workers tend to power poles after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala. The to...

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A Red Cross relief truck brings food and drinks to workers as they clean-up after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on the sam...

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Shamar Caudle rides his skateboard in front of his damaged home after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on the same path that ...

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Bricks still sit in banding waiting to be put on this house after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012...

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William Ogletree looks out the roof of a home he was working on in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala. This house was almost...

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William Ogletree looks at a car that was was dropped off by the tornado in front of a home he was working on in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3...

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A toilet lies on the foundation of a home that was destroyed by the F5 tornado that hit on April 27, 2011, in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, ...

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Family and friends begin the task of clean-up after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on the same path that an F5 tornado left...

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The Estill family's motorhome lies in ruin after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Athens, Ala...

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Madeline Wilson helps David Waller pull nails out of boards as they begin clean-up after a tornado left a path of destruction in the Harvest area on ...

Cody Stewart is done owning a home for a little while. He has lost his house to tornadoes twice in 10 months.
A killer twister wiped out his neighborhood in the epic Alabama storms April 27, causing Stewart $40,000 worth of damage that forced him to temporarily move in with his parents. In his house for less than two months with repairs still incomplete, another tornado hit again Friday, ripping off the roof, slinging it into the backyard and leaving the walls bowed outward.
This time, the damage is beyond repair.
"I kind of expected there to be more storms again this year, but you never expect it to hit the same place twice," Stewart said Saturday as he stood in what remains of his wood-frame home. "I think I'm going to live in an apartment awhile. I'm not superstitious, but it just kind of seems there's a path here and I don't want to be in it again, and I hope other people make the same choice."
The damage included nearly every house in Stewart's neighborhood in the Tennessee Valley about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Huntsville.
The storms were not as deadly in Alabama this time. Nearly 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of Harvest, which is near the Tennessee state line, one person was killed in Jackson's Gap. Last year, twisters cut a wide path of destruction across the region, killing about 250 people statewide, including at least two near where Stewart lived.
Dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed a year ago in his neighborhood, which was left looking like logging crews had come through because all of the trees were snapped and tossed to the ground.
Across the street from Stewart, Jason Kerr and his wife lost their home to the April 27 twister but weren't injured. Kerr had just finished demolishing the house, rebuilding the garage and hauling in $5,000 worth of dirt for a new foundation when the latest storm stuck. Their brand new garage was damaged, and they might not be able to repair it.
Longtime residents talk about the 1974 tornado outbreak that wiped out hundreds of homes, killed nearly 90 people and injured about 950 people in north Alabama. Stewart remembers a twister in the early `90s, when he was still a boy. The repeated bashings have left people feeling short on luck, at the very least.
As Stewart left home Friday to drive to work at a tech company in Huntsville, something felt eerie. Forecasters had been warning of the chance of severe weather for days, and he said it was too warm for early March; the sky looked too gray.
"It was just that sick feeling in your stomach," he said. "It was like, `It feels familiar.'"
Now, with Yarbrough Road hit twice in such a short period, Stewart said nothing will ever be the same there.
"It's time to move on," he said.


Updated : 2021-05-12 15:27 GMT+08:00