Adventist Couple Among Tornado
Victims in Southern U.S.
wo Seventh-day Adventists were among those who suffered loss during a spate of tornados that struck the southern United States on February 5, 2008. Neither was injured, although their under-construction and uninsured property was severely damaged.
More than 56 people were killed in what media reports described as “the deadliest tornado outbreak in the U.S. in more than 20 years.”
For two Adventists, the tornados literally hit home: Wayne and Carrie Webster, members of the Russellville, Arkansas, Adventist church live in the Atkins, Arkansas, area, where one of the tornados hit hard.
The Websters were nearing completion of a project to remodel a building on their property into a home. Their daughter and son-in-law were already living in part of the building and the familyhad their household goods in the part under construction. The tornado struck the building and collapsed the roof and walls. The building was not insured since construction was still underway.
Had they not heard the tornado warning, the tragedy could have been even worse. The second floor and roof collapsed onto the spot where their daughter and son-in-law would have been sleeping. The family took shelter in a nearby house.
—Reported by the Southwestern Union, with information from Myra Turnipseed, Russellville, Arkansas.