Possible tornado ‘skipped over’ Worthing family

By Garrett Ammesmaki


Marlene Sweeter and her husband, Ken, were asleep with the window open when what sounded like a train came roaring by their brown two-story home. It was around 2 a.m. on Sunday, south of Worthing and Highway 18, and Ken went to close the window as rain poured in the dark of the morning. That’s when Marlene saw their white storage shed fly by.


“It was like ‘The Wizard of Oz’,” she said, “then (the shed) just smashed to the ground.”


The couple live too far from Worthing to hear any tornado sirens, and it wasn’t until afterward that their phones chimed with a tornado warning. When they were able to assess the damages around 5 a.m., Sweeter was left in disbelief.