I was at Kenneywood Park yesterday when a tornado hit! It came on suddenly, first a downpour and then this incredible wind. That place looked like a tornado hit-literally. The wind was horizontal, blowing so hard and dirt just got in your eyes. A tree was sent about 50 ft in the air about 50 ft from us. My oldest had a tree fall 2 ft from her, right where she had just been. This is typical story of everyone who was there. The Log Jammer had a huge pine tree over it, according to Brenna, my youngest. She was in the Merry go round with her back turned against the wind, using her body to shield her smaller friends. I was under the huge pavilion behind the Old Mill, bottom level , and I had to take care of a little girl who was hysterical while her mother went out in the storm to look for her 8 yo niece. People who were over by the whip and the first aid told tales of blood everywhere. We didn't hear word of the injured or death til a while later when they were evacuating the park, At first, after the storm, the sun came out and everyone was walking around in a pretty jocular mood, walking around surveying the damage. Then the mood turned somber and their were alot of people that were separated from their families and alot of tears. You couldn't move to another part of the park to look for them, you just had to stay in one place and hope to spot them. The one 7th grader could't find her brother, her mother wasn't there, and everyone was consoling her , adults and children alike. He was found safe and sound. The ride " The Whip" was full to capacity and the roof collapsed. I heard on the news that it was lifted and set down twenty feet away.
Cell phone service was out for the most part, and there were alot of frantic parents that weren't there and didn't know if their kids were okay.
I was not in the area of the park where the roof collapsed, of course they closed it off right away. Emergency response was on the seen right away, before the information circulated through the crowd of the building collapse. No information was given out to the crowd, except to leave immediately. I didn't know if the rumors of the collapse and death were true or not. The crowd where I was near the exit was calm and orderly.
Here is a link from the Tribune Review: