Friday April 7, 2006 was a warm and sunny day with spring fully in bloom. Folks were looking forward to the weekend, but also keeping an eye out for stormy skies. The rest is history, now part of the fabric of the college. We'd like to get your perspective of the day, if you would like to share.
I remember many of us in a hallway next to the Humanities break room in the Ramer Building. We were standing around, waiting for the tornado warning to pass and kidding around with each other about the storm.
And then Suzanne Hesson came running in, declaring the tornado was on campus. The building coordinator radios confirmed it a moment later.
Suddenly everyone went quiet and sat down on the floor.
I crouched next to a Coke machine, holding my briefcase over my head in case the ceiling came down.
And then it was like a bomb went off. There was a blast of debris shooting down the adjacent hallways. The ceiling tiles started rattling and were sucked up for a moment. Our ears popped. There was a terrible roar.
20 seconds later it was over. We realized the ceiling was not going to come down, the walls were not going to crash in and we were still alive. There was an eerie silence and dust filled the air.
These photos come from Robert Higgenbotham taken the day of the tornado: