Suffolk family fearing for life in tornado takes shelter in cemetery

Virginia News

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Sorey family was driving down East Washington Street in Suffolk Saturday night when they had to make a quick decision to protect their lives.

They sought shelter in a nearby cemetery from what the National Weather Service says was an EF-1 tornado that made its way through parts of the city Saturday night.

“Our phones went off saying take shelter immediately,” said Scott Sorey.

Jennifer Sorey said, “I looked at my phone and he said read it to me, and as I read it, we were driving right through here, there was a tree a giant tree coming towards us.”

It was a scary experience for the family, who were on their way home from getting dinner.

“I looked up and saw the debris flying towards the vehicle and the first thing I thought was to find some kind of protection,” said Scott. 

Scott says he saw a brick wall at the entrance of the Carver Memorial Cemetery, and pulled his suburban right next to it.

“I told them to lay down and don’t stick their head up. I was afraid of the windshield, windows breaking,” he said.

“They both got down on the floor, I laid over top of them and him and I prayed we would get through it,” said Jennifer.

Scott, Jennifer and their two kids, Jace and Scotty, weren’t hurt, but they were a bit shaken up after the experience.

Jennifer says her son Scotty gets anxiety from thunderstorms, and was still shaking after they got home. She says she’s grateful this Mother’s Day, she gets to spend it with her family.

Jennifer also says they learned an important lesson from the experience: take shelter when you’re told to do so. 

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