Piedmont residents react to recent tornadoes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Triad residents are dealing with the past week’s tornado outbreak.

“I’ve never been in nothing like that before,” said Eric Horn, of Pilot Mountain.

Horn, working in Mississippi this week, experienced Monday’s deadly storms that swept across the Deep South killing more than 30.

“The lighting was steady, it wouldn’t let up — wind blowing anything that wasn’t strapped down,” he said.

Horn was unharmed in the storm and worried for his family back home as the system approached North Carolina Tuesday.

“I was worried about them too for today, I miss them dearly,” he said.

Vivian Allen, of Winston-Salem, returned to what’s left of her childhood home in Beaufort County this past weekend.

“We have been told that it was just God that [my parents] weren’t sucked out of the bathroom,” said Allen.

Her parents, Ray and Peggy Pippin, survived Friday afternoon’s tornado touchdown, just outside of Washington, by lying in the bathtub with blankets on top of them. Ray suffered only a minor cut to his elbow. The roof and back of the home was torn away.

“One minute [the roof] was there, the next minute the entire roof was lifted off the house,” she said.

Since the weekend, friends and family have helped salvage what they can of the home. Tuesday afternoon Allen and family were forced to stop cleaning and take cover as another line of storms with tornado activity rolled through.

“My mom and dad believe that they are here to teach us something,” she said. “Everything they lost can be replaced but they can’t and they know that they are only here by the grace of God.”

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