The National weather service confirmed a tornado touched down in south Salisbury with peak winds at 105 mph and rated an EF1. The Salisbury office of Atlantic Physical Therapy was in the eye of a tornado. The tornado touched down in a pinpoint fashion directly behind the clinic and destroyed a concrete block building, leaving the building in rubble. Along the path of the tornado cars were tossed and flipped, trees uprooted and splintered, houses and businesses suffered severe damage.
Inside the building, during the storm, we saw driving rain – horizontal rain and wind. Then a gigantic boom hit the building. The ceiling dropped down what seemed like a foot and then sprung back up. The rain immediately started pouring in through the ceiling tiles. What an ordeal. After securing some of our clinic’s valuable equipment, our staff went over to the adjacent Electrolux business and pulled all the vacuums we could forward to get them out of the rain. They lost a lot of supplies.
The next day all the national news sources were in the back parking lot broadcasting live and taped reports.
Currently, we are operating from a different unit in same building that was basically spared. We are hopeful to be back in our unit in September. We would like to thank the landlord Mr. Adamopolous and Gladden Construction for all their help. Thanks also to the county officials who were here in minutes after the tragedy. Thank you to all our patients and doctors who demonstrated care and concern for our safety. We would also thank the Good Lord for blessing the Salisbury area in that no lives were lost.
Gwyn Benny, PT, MHSc.
Atlantic Physical Therapy