miles south of Saragosa, they saw a thin vertical tornado that swelled to a larger one in a few seconds. It seemed to touch down north of Interstate 10. There was no rain or wind yet.
The tornado then just dropped. Citizen Five then drove to the Interstate 10 underpass and directed his whole family into a ditch. He realized it might not be safe there, but that it was probably safer than being in the car. Soon there was rain and wind. A “blue mess” was the appearance to the north (in the direction of Saragosa). He estimated that another 10 to 15 people were also under the underpass. Some were in their cars and others were not.
Citizen Six's father had a mobile home near the bridge on Highway 17 in Saragosa. He tried to take shelter in a nearby frame home as the tornado approached, but the house was locked, so he returned to the mobile home. The mobile home was destroyed, killing his father and seriously injuring his mother. Both of Citizen Six's arms were broken.
At least five people took shelter under a nearby bridge and all walked away after the tornado. Citizen Six stated that his family did not have time to reach the bridge. He remembers a car going up and down the street honking its horn before the tornado hit. The driver then got out and took shelter under the Highway 17 bridge. Citizen Six described the storm as three distinct tornadoes, each about the size of a football field moving in a circle.
Citizen Seven had finished taking photographs of the graduation ceremony at Saragosa Hall when he began to leave. Upon exiting the hall he saw and photographed a funnel cloud southwest of Saragosa. The funnel went up and dissipated three times. The fourth time it came all the way down to the ground. People who were arriving at the hall late or leaving early saw the approaching tornado. Citizen Seven remembers that a man ran inside the hall and shouted that a tornado was coming. He estimated that the people in the hall had a 60- to 90-second warning. He also estimated that 70 to 80 people were in the hall. When the verbal warning was given, most stayed inside. After taking several pictures of the tornado, he left by car, driving north.