ROLLA, Mo. -– An EF3 tornado destroyed at least three houses along County Road 8070 north of Rolla as it skipped over hills and down into valleys last Friday morning. Two of those homes belonged to members of the Grisham family. On Monday, they talked about how they survived.
Ryan and Krystal Grisham were just getting ready for breakfast when they heard the storm was coming.
“I was out on the porch; I had the wife and kids down in the basement,” said Ryan Grisham.
Grisham says the sky darkened and the wind picked up. He made it to safety in the nick of time.
“I come running through here and got just about half way down and it started coming in; debris started blowing in,” he said.
Ryan, Krystal and their four kids huddled in the corner of their basement, next to the washer and dryer. Debris landed just inches from where they took shelter.