On Monday, May 20, some homes in the Fort Smith area were still without power as a result of Saturday’s five EF-1 tornadoes that ripped through the River Valley.
“Next thing I know they come in screaming to get in the bathroom,” said Brandi Simpson, a homeowner in Fort Smith. “Everything just happened so fast. It went from pretty skies to tornado within two minutes.”
Simpson held her two-month-old baby, grateful that all she lost in Saturday’s storms was power and a few trees.
“It’s just, it’s amazing that nobody got hurt. I don’t know how it’s even possible,” she said.
With four kids to care for inside a dark house, Simpson said adjusting to life after a tornado hasn’t been easy.
She said, “Insurance only covers so much so we kinda have to take care of the trees ourselves for most of it.”