Read the passage and answer the questions.
(1)The wind was blowing with gale force
of over 55 miles an hour. (2) The windows of the house began to shake as we silently waited for the worst of all possible
storms. (3) Kitchen plates crashed to the floor, and we trembled with fear.
(4)My trusty dog was by my side and my little brother huddled under the table
. (5) Our parents had gone to a neighbor
’s house for a meeting. (6) This storm was not predicted by the weatherman earlier on TV. (7) We knew nothing of the impending danger.
(8)Within moments, the tornado warning
sounded from the fire station
downtown. (9) I grabbed my brother, Danny and headed straight
for the hallway. (10) On the way I remembered to pull the mattress off of his bed. (11) We fell to the floor, pulled the mattress on top of us, and the faint sound
of a train whistle
began. (12) Suddenly it was as loud as if we were crossing the tracks. (13) Yes, my greatest fear was realized. (14) We were on the path of a pop-up tornado
(15)Then as quickly as it began, silence
. (16) No more wind, I thought
to myself. (17) Boy was I wrong! (18) Extremely loud crashing and banging of pane glass windows surrounded us.(19)The tornado
was on top of us!
(20)Moments later, a gentle breeze
came down the hall. (21) The calm after the storm, yes, that phrase fit
. (22) I quickly checked Danny who was underneath me. (23) He was as white as a sheet
, but grunted that he was ok. (24)Sapphire was fine, as well. (25) Not so for our living room, kitchen and bedrooms. (26) The wind force
had blown out all windows and lifted our roof to the street!
(27)We just sat there in the hallway after checking the house and began to cry.
(28)Within moments the fire trucks were coming down our street. (29) Their megaphone
was on and announcing an all clear. (30)They wanted everyone who could to come outside.
(31)My brother and me went out slowly and carefully as to avoid
the glass fragments. (32) Our dog followed yelping all the way. (33) Our parents were running down the street fearing for what had happened. (34) Ours was the only house touched by the tornado
! (35) Debris was everywhere. (36) Praises to the man up above, we were safe.
(37)Family and life is more important that personal
belongings. (38) That I can say.