A Life Forever Changed by 1970 Tornado - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


A Life Forever Changed by 1970 Tornado

On May 11th 1970 Lubbock was changed forever. Two tornados swept through the city with no warning, killing 26 people, injuring hundreds and destroying downtown Lubbock. One of those lost was 8-year-old Angela Mora, her sister Patricia was one of the injured.

On this 35th anniversary NewsChannel 11 sat down with the Mora's to see how their lives have been forever changed.

Your Stories of the 1970 Lubbock Tornado
NewsChannel 11 asked you to send us YOUR stories of survival from the 1970 tornado. Here are the e-mails that we received from out viewers.

May 11, 1970 Patricia Mora was 6-years-old.

"I remember we were just playing around and my mom walked outside and she was just looking at the clouds and I remember them being purple. The clouds were real purple. She told us to get back in the house and we went back in and we were watching TV in the hall, it was Carol Burnett. And after about 15 minutes she said c'mon girls you need to come with me. She got the kitchen table and she laid it down where the legs were facing the wall and she put us in there behind there and she through all kinds of pillows and blankets in there. So we were sitting there and there was a kitchen window in the front and I heard like rock being chunked in there and it broke and when it broke the wall fell back and we were screaming and that was it, I don't remember anything else," said Patricia, recalling the tornado.

Patricia and her two sisters were found lying on the ground, Angela the oldest was laying on top.

"The next time I remember I was waking up in a hospital and I could see my little sister Cathy, she was like the next over, there was like a glass between us but she was over there, but I couldn't see my sister Angie. She was not there," Patricia said.

But Angie was there, in another room, in a coma. She was ambushed with debris while trying to protect her sisters.

"She only woke up to ask if everyone was ok. She said she thought her mom had died and we told her she hadn't that she was hurt but in a different hospital, and your sisters are here and they are fine. And once she found out everything was fine she fell back into the coma and died," Angie's Uncle Isaac Mora said.

"She definitely was a hero cause she saved our lives and she was a beautiful person," Patricia said.

"The next day our dad sent us to Patricia's house to pick up whatever belongings we could find and it looked like a bomb went off, the houses were all destroyed in pieces and at their house all the walls were gone, there was only a toilet," Isaac said.

The destruction not only took the life of little Angie, it also left Patricia with scars for life.

"I suffered a big hole in my leg. My mom said that something in the debris just took a gash out of my leg, the nerves and the tissue, it took it all. So thru the years I've had 36 surgeries. I didn't just get patched up so I could move on with my life, for me it's been continuous the last 35 years," Patricia said.

The Mora's say even though Angela was young, they'll never forget her spirit, and will always share her story of being a hero.

Remembering the 1970 Tornado
The F-5, which is the highest a tornado can be rated, struck Lubbock on May 11th, 1970. It killed 26 people and injured hundreds. Retired Lubbock Police Information Officer, Bill Morgan remembers the disaster like it was yesterday, recalling the strange colors in the sky.
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