Man who captured video of 2011 Ringgold tornado: "We recovered as a community"
Chattanooga (WTVC) —
Trent Scott says he was following the weather forecast that day and knew something bad was headed his way.
He says just after 8:00 that night, he stepped outside and realized a funnel cloud was forming not far from his house.
In the video you hear him say, "I've never witnessed a tornado but I think I have now."
Today, he lives in the same spot he did 5 years ago.
"I was standing in this particular spot and I looked over there and I saw the funnel form so I just brought out my camera and started filming," Scott said.
"It wasn't touching at the very beginning and then when I saw all those transformers start blowing up, that's when I started thinking about those people that were in the path of those tornadoes," he said.
As it started to pick up speed, Scott realized it was headed for home of his family and friends.
"The first thing that crossed my mind was 'oh my gosh, I know all the people in the path of this tornado,'" he said.
In the video, you hear the only words Scott could find in that moment.
"Dear God please keep them safe, dear God please," he said.
After just a minute or so, Scott realizes where the tornado is headed next.
"As soon as it got over White Oak mountain I called my mother and I called my brothers, then I was just shaking from then on. Just worried sick," he said.
Scott says in the day following he and his brother helped clean up in Apison, where many were killed.
He says it doesn't seem like 5 years ago, but he has seen how the community has picked back up and moved on.
"There's still remnants of the tornado that will be here for years to come. But I believe we recovered as a city, recovered as a county, we recovered as a community," he said.
Scott says all of the major TV networks called him the next day asking for his video.