Smithland, Texas — A slew of tornadoes wreaked havoc across much of the south over the past few weeks. One Houston resident caught video of a twister crossing I-45 near The Woodlands as a white car fled the wrong way down the freeway. But none of the stories we’ve heard so far hold a candle to the gal and her son in Smithland, Texas, who had a terrifying experience flying through a tornado in a bathtub.
The National Weather Service of Shreveport, Louisiana, reports that on Saturday, January 21, an EF-2 tornado “continued in a northeast direction, crossing CR 3300 at which point it removed the roof of a home. A woman inside took shelter in a bathtub and the tornado lifted the tub out of the home and deposited it in the woods with the woman still in the tub but the woman was not injured.”
And that’s all they said. That’s it. As if these two bizarre sentences were par for the course.
So we did some digging.
The woman was 75 year old Charlesetta Williams, and her son was in the bathtub with her.
“She heard the tornado warning come out and she took cover in the tub in her bathroom,” meteorologist Jason Hansford told The Washington Post. “The only thing she remembers is that the tornado came in from the southwest across her home. At that point the whole backside of her house was sheared off. Her bathtub was ripped out of her bathroom and she ended up still in her tub in some woods near her home.”
While Charlesetta’s home was demolished, she and her son escaped with only a few cuts and bruises. Needless to say though, they were badly shaken up.
“I wasn’t looking. I was under that quilt,” Charlesetta told KSLA. “I’m a tell you I don’t wanna ride now through another one.”
While an EF-2 is on the low end of the scale, it’s certainly not a storm to be trifled with. This EF-2 was about 800 yards wide and whipped winds of about 130 MPH. Thankfully nobody died, and amazingly no one was seriously injured.
In closing, here’s the video of the tornado crossing I-45 in North Houston: