Man captures tornado images from top of hotel

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The EF-2 tornado that hit East Bernstadt more than one week ago killed five people, injured many others and destroyed dozens of homes.
One man took snapshots from the roof of a hotel in London.

A maintenance man at the Baymont Inn and Suites tells said he goes up on the roof for a bi-weekly inspection and he just went up there to watch the storm roll in but what he saw was not the typical thunderstorm.

John Hudson said he climbs up on the roof of the London Baymont inn often.

“I have to do roof inspections once or twice a week,” said Hudson.
He said Friday, Mar. 2 started as a normal day.

“The sun come out, it was a beautiful day,” said Hudson.

The sunshine gave way to storm clouds and Hudson found himself with a bird's eye view of the storm heading toward Laurel County.

“I just stayed tuned to the TV and watched and when they started giving them out I headed for the roof,” said Hudson.

Hudson said he was up on the roof just after 6:00 p.m. taking pictures of churches and businesses along I-75, getting pictures of the skyline. He said he did not even know what he was taking pictures of until it was all over.

“I was not scared,” said Hudson.
“It did not look like a tornado, it just looked like some high winds and clouds.”

Hudson said he did not come down off the roof until lightning came down.

“I have been out in Oklahoma where it just some big sky country and when you see a tornado out there, you know it. around here in these mountains you don't really see the full sky,” said Hudson.

The General Manager of the hotel said that the staff are trained for emergency situations, but Hudson kept the people downstairs in the know.

“The clerk that we had on she got a little bit nervous and john helped and got the guests back to the safe place,” said Paul Litter.

Hudson said if he would have known exactly what he saw coming, he would have called to try and warn some people.


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