Arkansas tornado strike: Irwin-Hill forced into shelter

SUSAN Hill had never been more relieved to hear her son Sam Irwin-Hill’s voice.

Sam Irwin-Hill

Sam Irwin-Hill

With tornadoes ravaging Arkansas in the United States, all Susan wanted to know was that Sam, who is attending the University of Arkansas on an American football scholarship, was safe and sound.

“It was such a relief to speak to Sam this morning,’’ Susan admitted.

“The storms were all over the television and radio and there are reports of people being killed and seriously injured.

“A town less than two hours away from campus was completely flattened.

“Thankfully, Sam is fine. He had to bunker down in a shelter at the University. He was nervous about it all, but thankfully his girlfriend Natalie has been through things like this before and knew what to do.”

Sam is the University of Arkansas Razorbacks’ star punter.

Last weekend the Razorbacks took part in their annual “Spring Game” where Sam turned heads with a punt that travelled 85 yards.

The Razorbacks are hugely popular throughout Arkansas and they will play a role in supporting those affected by the storms.

 “All of the footballers are heading to Little Rock to help with the clean-up,’’ Susan said.

 “Little Rock got hit really badly and that town follows the Razorbacks heavily.

“Sam’s looking forward to getting there to support the people who have been devastated by the storms.”

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