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Surviving an F3 tornado: 'Not Like Any Other Sunday'

Natalie Thomas, reporter
June 12, 2012 — What would it be like to live through a tornado? We spoke with the co-editors of 'Not Like Any Other Sunday:' a book of first-hand accounts from survivors of last summer's F3 tornado in Goderich.

The aftermath from the tornado was described as a war zone
The aftermath from the tornado was described as a war zone

"As the three of us held each other, the walls in the basement started to buckle as our house was getting pushed off its foundation. I remember screaming, 'We are going to die! We are going to die! I love you, I love you, I love you!' over and over again. And then there was silence," co-editor Elizabeth Bundy-Cooper read from the book, 'Not Like Any Other Sunday.'

And just like Elizabeth, co-editor Cathy Cove has a story all her own. She was at home in Goderich, sitting on the deck with her daughter before the tornado hit.

"I was just ready to start preparing supper and I went into the kitchen and I turned on The Weather Network," recalls Cathy.

She left The Weather Network turned on and within 10 minutes she heard...

"If you are in Goderich or Stratford or Mitchell, we're going to be asking you to take immediate cover. Environment Canada has issued tornado warnings for these areas."

"And so I turned off my stove, grabbed my pets and family and we went into my sonís closet down in the basement," says Cathy.

F3 tornado ripped through last August
F3 tornado ripped through last August

"Not Like Any Other Sunday"†has †sold nearly 4,000 copies, with a portion of the proceeds going to Victim Services of Huron County, as well as purchasing trees for a new grove.

"I think people who didnít experience the tornado are flocking to read it as well because you just have no idea what people are going through when it hits, and what goes through your mind, and what do you think of? Do you think of the dog? The kids? What are you going to save first, where do you go when a tornado hits?," says Elizabeth.

Cathy adds that the community continues to move and grow together and rebuild after last summer's devastating event.

The aftermath from the Goderich tornado was described as a war zone. Winds within the tornado reached 280 km/h and the twister travelled about 20 km in a southeasterly direction before fizzling out.

People are always encouraged to take the necessary precautions when severe weather rolls through and stay updated on the watches and warnings in your area.

"There are very few days in a year when there is any real chance of danger, and our job is to make sure youíre aware of those days with tornado potential. Letís make sure weíre ready," warns Chris Scott, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

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