ATHENS, Ala. —
She ran upstairs to wake her son, Michael, and was calling for him to wake up.
"We were both trying to turn the doorknob of his door at the same time and the door wouldn’t open," she said.
Then the storm passed, leaving their house, including the roof and garage door damaged, but both of them safe.
At the same time, Morgan Cooper, who was safely at East Limestone High School at the time, was trying to send a telephone text message to her mother who did not immediately reply.
"That really scared me," Morgan said.