By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
John Cohen was as concerned as anyone when a killer tornado swept through Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Wednesday – it’s his hometown.
Many of his friends and family members still live there, but the Mississippi State baseball coach got good news when he learned his sister and mother were both OK. His sister, Nettie Blume, sure had a close call, though.
Blume and her husband, Gary, were in their law office building on University Avenue when the tornado came through. Cohen said the office was “absolutely pulverized” and they’re lucky to be alive.
“They were within inches of something serious happening,” he said.
Cohen’s mother, Doris, lives in Capstone Village near the University of Alabama campus. Her area was spared, but the widespread destruction wasn’t far away. A good portion of the destruction occurred along McFarland Boulevard.
Cohen lived in Tuscaloosa when deadly tornadoes struck there in 1974, so he knows first-hand the physical and emotional wreckage that can result from such situations.
“The magnitude of what they’re experiencing in Tuscaloosa right now is unbelievable,” he said.
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