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Anderson Hills vowed to rebuild after 1995, 2011 tornadoes

The 1995 tornado killed one person and left dozens injured. (Source: WAFF file) The 1995 tornado killed one person and left dozens injured. (Source: WAFF file)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Residents living in Anderson Hills in Madison County certainly can relate to the pain of losing a home to a tornado. 

They've been hit twice by strong tornadoes over the last 20 years.

The 1995 F-4 tornado touched down just north of Athens and followed a path through Madison County and into Jackson County. 

WEB: NWS data from the 1995 tornado

Two decades later, folks living in Anderson Hills won't be chased out of their homes. 

Some say the tornado sounded like a freight train. One Anderson Hills homeowner describes it like this.

"I heard this roar, like, 'Wooooo!' And all of a sudden, this tornado was coming up in my driveway," said Remus Shade.

A lot has changed in 20 years, but Shade still remembers what he was doing when the tornado was within minutes of his home.

"So, when they said the tornado was going to be here in five minutes, I looked around. I really just wanted to get those plants in the ground, but at that particular time everything was so still," Shade said.

The Shade family, like many others in the Anderson Hills community, rebuilt -even after the 2011 tornadoes left behind a scene reminiscent of a war zone.

This community is resilient. They know what it's like to have a tornado track right through their community, wiping things out, and starting over from the ground up. They say if it happens again, they will always rebuild.

Shade says after the close call in 1995 and having to rebuild in 2011, he is not afraid of another tornado, yet prepared because he knows it could happen again.

"Before the tornado hit in 1995, I would just go out in any kind of weather, but I've changed now. You know, I always check the weather and follow the weather precautions," said Shade.

Today, the Shades, like much of North Alabama, are looking to skies - not for tornadoes, but for a little bit of rain after a very dry May.

One person died and 50 more were injured in the 1995 storm.

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