As life time residents of the midwest, Jake Hill and his family were very familiar with tornado warnings, so when they got one on March 31st, they weren’t worried because they’d never experienced any damage before. But just after 10:30 that night, the 20-year-old arrived home from work he said something felt different so he rushed inside.
A twister was rapidly approaching their Spencer, Indiana, home and someone in his family shouted for everyone to get into the bathroom since they don’t have a basement. So Hill, his mom, brother, grandma, grandpa, godmother and dog all piled into the tiny bathroom. Just after they did, the family felt the drywall ceiling falling on them and as they breathed in insulation and dust, they heard windows shattering in their home.
The 138-mile per hour tornado passed quickly and miraculously, none of the family members were hurt, but their house was another story. The only four complete walls left standing in the home were those of the bathroom. The Hills are grateful they’re all okay and for the support of the community, including the 100 volunteers who came out last weekend to help them clean up the property. Jake says, “Whoever said to get in the bathroom, if we didn’t listen to that, probably a few of us wouldn’t have made it. The incredible thing is no one knows who said it!"