Survivors try to pick up the pieces after tornado tears through North Texas


by Brooks Garner / KHOU 11 News

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 6:40 PM

CLEBURNE, Texas - Wednesday night’s tornadoes rated among the strongest on the scale, leaving survivors frustrated.

“Wish they’d quit saying it was an act of God. It’s an act of Satan, not an act of God. It’s God’s grace that we’re all OK,” one victim said.

However, for many who live in the area, tornados are just a fact of life here.

“Yes, we’re affected all the time. We live in Texas. You just pray and do the best you can,” she said.

The tornado has given those lucky enough to still have their house plenty to think about.

“Definitely going to look into getting a storm shelter,” the victim added.

Lane Abbott got the surprise of his teenage life when he came home to see what the 100 mph winds did to his truck.

KHOU 11 News asked, “Did you ever think a tornado was going to kill your truck?”

He responded, “No, I thought I was going to kill it before the weather did.”

The few who escaped damage are left to deal with a power outage.

“Luckily, we have a generator,” one resident said. Others not so lucky Thursday must try to sleep just as a sultry May heat wave sets in.