Morgan Co. 911 tapes released from night of tornado

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Nearly three weeks later, and we are still hearing some incredible stories from areas hit hard by tornadoes.

On Thursday, we got to listen to the 911 tapes out of Morgan County from the night of March 2nd.

The chilling recording is almost like a play-by-play account of the tornado starting in Ezel and making it's way through the rest of the county.

As the business day was ending Friday March 2nd, no one in Morgan County could have guessed the magnitude of what was about to happen to their community.

"It may go through to the North of us, but we are hoping for the best," said a Morgan County dispatcher as he was getting emergency personnel ready just in case.

Unfortunately, in the next hour an EF3 tornado would rip a path clear through Morgan County.

After the warnings were issued for the Northern part of the county, calls started pouring in starting in Ezel.

"There is a tornado forming by Country Corner going toward Sawmill Road," said one caller.

Dispatchers told everyone to get in a safe place and to call back if there were any injuries.

"I'm in between Ezel and Wilmington, and I got caught in the tornado," said one frantic caller. "Are you hurt?" asked the dispatcher. He said he was.

The tornado kept moving, and more people called in.

"There is a tornado on the ground in Woodsbend moving fast. Moving East toward West Liberty," said another caller.

A caller spots the tornado over the hospital making its way into downtown.

One caller asks where the tornadoes are. "They are everywhere. The tornadoes are everywhere. Get to a safe place," replies the dispatcher.

It tears down all the phone lines, so all communication is lost. But a few calls do come through to the 911 center after the lines go dead.

Once caller keeps saying "911," but no one answers.

Another can be heard breathing heavily saying, "Please God, pick up the phone."

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