Local woman recounts the 1968 tornado devastation | News
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - 44 years ago, a powerful F-4 tornado ravaged much of Jonesboro, killing 34 and injuring over 300.
"When we drove down the street, up and down the street it was just like trash on each side. Couches, washers, dryers, everyone's clothes and everything just lying."
She found that the very family she visited over the weekend lost their lives.
"We found out that my aunt and two of her cousins had been killed in the tornado. And then we couldn't find my uncle and one of my other cousins."
Presley was 8 years old at the time, but the devastation is still etched into her mind to this day.
"The only thing left of their house was the 4 corner bricks on the foundation."
Presley says that because her uncle and cousin were injured, they were moved to Memphis.
"...because they didn't have enough room at Saint Bernards to handle everyone."
Although Jonesboro experienced destruction again in May 1973, Tammy never hopes to see what happened in 1968 again.
"It was just awful, just awful."