Marshall County, Tennessee, man grateful to be alive after hurricane destroys home

MARSHALL COUNTY, Tennessee (WKRN) — Strong winds Saturday morning and severe weather not only caused a train to derail in Marshall County, but also caused significant damage to a number of homes.

News 2 spoke to a Chapel Hill neighbor who said he felt blessed to have survived after a storm tore his house apart overnight.

“It was the worst thing that ever happened, but thank God we survived,” said Rodney Reid of Chapel Hill. – This is the main thing.

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According to Reed, he and his fiancée got out of their camper on Beasley Road just before the hurricane tore through his street.

“We were in a camper and it was getting very windy, it was raining heavily, and the camper started shaking back and forth,” Reed recalled. “So I said, you know what, I think we’re going to go, me and my fiancé are going to go into the milk barn. Right now it’s the safest place.”

Then, after a few minutes, he said that he heard a lot of noise flying around.

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“I looked out the window and my camper was gone. (The wind) picked up the camper, turned it over a couple of times and threw the wreckage all the way to the next house, ”Reid said.

The camper was torn to pieces, and the roof of the shed behind it was completely torn off.

“We couldn’t get over it. I mean, the bedroom is upstairs, where the fifth wheel is, and everything is just destroyed,” Reed explained, pointing to what was left of the camper. “I mean, everything is scattered, right down to the house next door.”

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Several other houses on Beasley Road were also damaged, as well as a barn.

Reid said his 92-year-old neighbor survived the hurricane without any injuries, despite half of her roof being blown off while she was inside.

“It was terrible. It was just really scary,” Reed told News 2. “Never been in a tornado before.”

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Although their home is completely destroyed, Reed said he and his fiancee were lucky to be alive.

“I am very grateful. I pray to the Lord,” he added.

After all, according to Reid, “material things are replaceable, but not life.”

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