Tornado hits parts of Hamilton County

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Kevin Klawonn has lived near Hampton his entire life, but he said he and his family never experienced anything quite like Tuesday night’s storm.

“By the time we got to the basement floor, you could hear the roof breaking off,” his daughter, Janet, said. “It was a very eerie feeling.”

“You process it as fast as you can, that’s all you can do,” Klawonn said.

A tornado that touched down just north of Hampton ripped off Klawonn’s roof. Everything inside is completely soaked and every room is now covered in insulation.

It didn’t affect only their home. The family’s lavender field was hit hard, too.

“Whatever gets thrown at ya, you just work with it,” Klawonn said. “That’s part of farming.”

Klawonn said he’s thankful their lavender business out back is still standing. He said he’s even more thankful for the countless friends and family members who are working to put things back together.

“Lots of people, gosh,” he said. “It’s good to know you’ve got friends around, neighbors to come help ya.”

 Despite everything, the family said they will still have their annual lavender festival on their property later this month.