Not much is left of the home of W.T. and Daisy Sparkman on Shepard Avenue in Pascagoula. A twister that emerged from the clouds at 7am Thursday nearly destroyed it in just moments.
One of the neighbors, Billy Perkins, described the chaotic scene.
"I was actually coming out the side door of my house to get the truck and head to work and this tornado that caused all this damage came through." Perkins said. "You could see it coming right across these rooftops behind me, through the tops of these trees and hit down on the next house over and just literally exploded the roof off the house."
The elderly couple's son, Bill Sparkman, got here as soon as he could. "The weather was kind of bad and I couldn't get over here right away to help out and all kinds of stuff was going through my head as to what could have happened and just thank God they came out of it without a scratch." Sparkman said.
They were helped by a dozen neighbors who came quickly to their aid, helping the couple emerge safely from the debris.
The memories of this morning twister in Pascagoula brought back memories of something else that happened seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina.
And just like then, this community came together, according to neighbor Colleen Larsen. "This is a great neighborhood and we all look out for each other and help each other, especially in times like this." Larsen said. "We were all here together during Katrina and we helped other then too so we're all ready to help anytime."
Because of that help, Bill Sparkman had just one thing left to say. "I just thank everybody that an to their aid since I couldn't be here."
The Sparkmans will be staying with relatives in Jackson County while repairs are being made to the home.
Hurricane Isaac: Viewer Photo Gallery Jourdan River Shores residents boat to their homes National Guard rescues residents in Hancock County Boats land on road around Pass Christian Harbor TornadoMore>>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:29:33 GMT
A Fox 12 viewer helped police catch a suspected hit-and-run driver accused of leaving a jackknifed trailer and an injured 72-year-old woman on the side of Interstate 5. Washington State Patrol releasedMore >
A Fox 12 viewer helped police catch a suspected hit-and-run driver accused of leaving a jackknifed trailer and an injured 72-year-old woman on the side of Interstate 5.More >
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:52 AM EDT2013-05-25 05:52:05 GMT
A West Albany High School student is accused of building a bomb with the intent of detonating it at school. The 17-year-old was arrested Thursday night and taken to the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention FacilityMore >
The 17-year-old West Albany High School student was arrested on charges of possession and manufacture of a destructive device.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:41 GMT
A boy was flown to a Bend hospital after investigators said he was accidentally shot by a family member. It happened at 10:40 a.m. Friday on Thicket Lane in the Crooked River Ranch community of centralMore >
A boy was flown to a Bend hospital after investigators said he was accidentally shot by a family member.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:26:14 GMT
A bridge on Interstate 5 in northern Washington collapsed Thursday evening, sending people and cars into the water. Washington State Patrol troopers confirmed both lanes of the Skagit River Bridge collapsedMore >
Cars crawled through detours Friday afternoon, a day after an Interstate 5 bridge collapsed in northern Washington. PHOTOS l VIDEO | RELATED: Bridge history More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:53 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:53:19 GMT
An historic statue of President Abraham Lincoln was beheaded at Lincoln High School on Thursday night. School principal Peyton Chapman said a few students apparently tried to move the statue from the foreignMore >
An historic statue of President Abraham Lincoln was beheaded at Lincoln High School on Thursday night.More >
Friday, May 24 2013 12:58 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:58:23 GMT
Unclaimed evidence is among the things you'll find in a huge warehouse in Salem called State Surplus Property. Law enforcement and other state agencies send their stuff there to be sold. "A good majorityMore >
Unclaimed evidence is among the things you'll find in a huge warehouse in Salem called State Surplus Property. Law enforcement and other state agencies send their stuff there to be sold.More >
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied Friday that he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict after a video purported to show him using the drug. Ford did not say whether he has ever used crack.More >
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied that he smokes crack cocaine and said he is not an addict, breaking a week of silence over reports of a video purportedly showing him using the drug. Critics were not appeased, with one city...More >