Editor's note: The Morris Daily Herald intends to share the stories of local residents affected by the tornado through a series of vignettes such as this one.
DIAMOND – Jack Hermanski has lived at 1030 Laura Lane for 17 years. When he moved in, he planted eight blue spruce trees in his yard.
“I lost all of them, all of my trees,” Jack said Monday. “They’re beautiful trees and they’re gone.”
The Hermanski’s also lost their garden shed and mailbox and sustained minimal siding damage in Sunday’s tornado.
Early Monday morning, one of Jack’s neighbors from across the Diamond Estates subdivision returned his mailbox to him after finding it on his car.
Jack said he was walking down the stairs when he heard the tornado hit his house, which was one of the first homes in the subdivision to be damaged.
“I heard it. I heard stuff hitting the roof,” Jack said. “They say it sounds like a train, but I thought it was more of a loud whistle.”
In his 17 years in Diamond, Jack said this was the first time he weathered a tornado.
“We were saved from really bad storms year after year. They seemed to just pass over us,” Jack said. “I think last night made up for that.”
Jack said he was waiting on the insurance adjuster to come and asses the damages. Until then, his house is safe enough to stay in.
“Everything we lost is just stuff, it can be replaced,” Hermanski said.