CHICAGO — Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received some scary news when the team’s charter flight touched down in Chicago Sunday evening.
That’s when Hardy got word that a storm system that terrorized many parts of the midwestern U.S. and spawned numerous tornadoes leveled the condominium of his grandmother, Carol Shinn, in the town of Creston, Iowa on Saturday evening. Shin was uninjured, but her home was destroyed.
“I wasn’t really following the weather so I didn’t even know about the tornadoes going on,” Hardy said. “I found out when we landed yesterday.”
Hardy said his grandmother’s home was in the direct path of the tornado, which reportedly had 135 mph winds and injured six people.
“Everything’s fine, she’s fine,” Hardy said. “My dad sent me a photo of her standing outside the condo and it was leveled. It’s kind of a scary thought. But I don’t know what’s going to happen now with the condo and where she’s going to live.”