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Bethany Knaus

Bethany Knaus

Bethany Knaus

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“You don’t have a preset reaction to tragedy.”

Words from tornado victim Bethany Knaus. Knaus suffered significant damage to her family’s home due to the F-2 tornado that ripped through the Lynchburg region on Sunday, April 15th.

“I don’t react like most people, most people would cry or scream, but I don’t. I’m just like “well this is bad.” Knaus said.

While Bethany wasn’t at her house when the storm hit, her father was.

“My dad said there was a three second warning before the tornado actually hit the house, then glass was flying everywhere.  After the tornado went through he got all of the computer in my house together, in case of a power surge. Then, he immediately got on the roof and started nailing down tarps.” Behtany Knaus said. “ My mom said later on that it was really cool to see my dad in the storm, because he reacted so well. The people across the street where cursing and yelling, but my dad was calm.” Knaus said.

When Bethany arrived home, she arrived to a different place entirely.

“When I was driving through the neighborhood, it was weird because it was pitch black. I get to my yard, and there’s trees everywhere. There’s guys running around with flashlights, asking everyone if they were ok and if everyone was there. A huge tree had fallen right in front of our door.” Bethany said. 

Even the family’s dog was affected.

“We lost our dog Ava in the storm, and we didn’t find her until like 3 hours later in the garage. It was really cool to see how smart she is. Usually, she is on the back porch,  but if she would have been there that night, she most likely would have died because our back porch ended up in our front yard.” Knaus said.

Recovery is already in the works at the Knaus home.

“On Tuesday, we were able to go back into the house and clean up a little. It looks a little more like a house now than it did, because all of the windows were shattered, so there was glass and dirt from the storm everywhere.” Bethany Knaus said. 

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