A Freight Train

CHOCOWINITY, NC (May 3, 2014) – Jerry and Carolyn Tyson were at home watching television when their phone rang.  It was their neighbor frantically calling to tell them that a tornado warning had been issued, meaning that a tornado was seen on the ground minutes away.

Jerry Tyson shows the solid oak table that shielded him and his wife, Carolyn, when a tornado destroyed the upper floor of his home last week.

Jerry Tyson shows the solid oak table that shielded him and his wife, Carolyn, when a tornado destroyed the upper floor of his home last week.

Having remembered instructions on a recent newscast that the safest place in their home was the lowest level of their home beneath a piece of sturdy furniture, they ran downstairs to a solid oak dining room table that used to be his mother’s.

“We no sooner got under the table and the worst sound you’ve ever heard erupted upstairs,” said Jerry.  “It sounded like forty freight trains bearing down upon us.  We started praying because I was certain that we were gone.”

In the tornado’s wake, the Tyson’s discovered their upstairs level was largely destroyed.  “That phone call saved our lives,” Jerry continued.  “After the storm, there have been so many volunteers and groups that have come to help us.  It truly is amazing!”

“We knew many of our neighbors, but only their faces when we’d pass them on the street,” said Carolyn.  “But now we feel just like family.  They ran to us offering to help in any way that they could.  The Red Cross, Salvation Army, and a number of church groups have really came through for us.  You don’t know what kind of community you have until faced with a crisis and we’re very blessed.”

To learn more about how you can help, please visit http://www.redcross.org.

 

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