Strong Hope keeps hope alive after EF-2 tornado hits town


COPIAH COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – Families in the small community of Strong Hope is picking up the pieces after an EF-2 tornado ripped through the area.

Winds crushed many homes, but the storm didn’t touch people’s hopes.

“Never in my life have I been scared like I was yesterday.”

Sammy Morrie is still taking reality all in.

“Pick up the pieces and start over,”- Morrie said.

Morrie’s home was destroyed when Mother Nature rolled through the Strong Hope community.

Not much is left besides pieces of wood and brick as the family sifts through what they can salvage.

Morrie says almost everyone made it out okay, but one of his dogs didn’t.

“I miss him already,” Morrie said.

But he knows things could have been a lot worse.

“Thank God my wife wasn’t here because normally on Mondays she is home. And she actually took my truck to the shop to get some repairs done. She would of been right there in that bed and God only knows what would of happened,” Morrie said.

Morrie is also the Strong Hope Fire Chief, he says other homes were damaged in the storm but no one was injured.

“All these material things, that’s just stuff. We can fix that,” Morrie said.

For now, these folks will put their name to the test, strong hopes they get through these difficult times.

“We are going to rebuild. Like I told them, this is home. The storm didn’t move the home it moved the house,” Morrie said.

The Salvation Army says they were not sent out to Copiah County, but will remain on standby if they are needed.

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