Amory rebounds; nearby flooding a problem

By Riley Manning Daily Journal AMORY – Much of Amory was shut down Tuesday following the town’s double-dose of brief but intense...

By Adam Armour Itawamba County Times Houston community’s Sandra Peoples said her new mobile home isn’t very much like her old house. In many ways, it’s better. It’s larger, for one thing, and has far more modern amenities than the house she called home for nearly 50 years. But it’s just not the same. “It’s […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Before the April 28th tornado, Jean Circle was a waving kind of neighborhood. Now it’s a stop-and-talk neighborhood, said Trish and Ronnie Johnson. “It did bring the neighborhood closer together,” Trish Johnson said. The tornado scored a direct hit on the small neighborhood off County Road 811. The walls […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Father Lincoln Dall, priest at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo, waited out the storm in the basement of the St. James office, behind the church on Gloster Street. Huddled with the two office cats, he said all he could hear above was the great snapping of trees. “I was […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal Jessica and Alfred Fears happily accepted a willow tree from their insurance agent last week as they finally moved back into their home. The tornado heavily damaged the Fears’ home near Elvis Presley Lake and it also ripped away the canopy of trees that once surrounded them. “You wouldn’t know […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal Even though her mother rode out one of the most devastating tornados in the country’s history in 1936, Maria Everett didn’t grow up with a fear of storms. But that didn’t mean she ignored the warnings from friends and co-workers on April 28, 2014, when an EF-3 tornado was heading […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Suzzett Hart wasn’t having a good day before the April 28 tornado touched down in Tupelo. “I had a stomach virus,” Hart remembered. The plan was to head to Barnes Crossing Urgent Care with daughter Cynthia in tow because classes at Carver Elementary had been dismissed early. But Hart’s […]

By William Moore Daily Journal Jaime McGrath and her five children huddled in a hole in the floor as the tornado destroyed the Belledeer home above them. “It was an old house and had a floor furnace,” said McGrath. “A few weeks before, my husband Steve removed the furnace. He looked at the hole and […]

By Chris Kieffer Daily Journal Kathy Hallmark vividly remembers the smell inside the storm house. “You could smell tree bark,” she remembers one year later. “It just took your breath away, almost nauseating of the smell of tree bark, so you knew everything was being torn up.” Hallmark was in the storm house with 12 […]

Compiled by M. Scott Morris Daily Journal The Daily Journal asked readers to share their stories about what happened on April 28, 2014, and over the days that followed. Some of the accounts have been edited for space and style. WHAT’S IMPORTANT “From friends helping with clean up to those letting us stay in their […]