Tornado tales: Clovis parent surprised by damage

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Cody Johnson figured the obvious — her mobile home probably wasn’t safe for her or for 6-year-old Kaitlyn during Friday’s tornado.

They rushed to a friend’s house, and realized she wasn’t the only one in a hurry as visibility worsened.

“It was raining so hard, and hailing so hard,” said Johnson, a legal assistant in Clovis. “You couldn’t see anything, plus everybody was rushing.”

When Johnson and her daughter returned home, Johnson said she was surprised to see so many homes damaged while hers was pretty much untouched.

“The whole place just kind of flooded, though,” Johnson said of her residence on Whipoorwill Way. “We probably had nickel-sized hail over there.”

Other places in Clovis, including homes around Yucca Junior High, weren’t spared.

“This morning, it was kind of amazing that it was really that bad.”

The two spent most of the morning and early afternoon taking photographs of the damage, and Johnson planned to help out a few homeowners by giving them digital copies of pictures if needed for insurance purposes.