“God Was With Me”: Tornado Victim Recounts Story of Survival

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) - “They come on the radio and said at the sound of my voice take cover.”

It was only a matter of minutes.

"I ran to where my garage used to be, got in my truck and started down my driveway to my neighbors storm shelter."

A tornado barreled down on Larry George.

"It picked my truck up, carried it about 100 yards in the air, and drove it into the woods. I jumped out the trunk and clawed my way to a big stump and held on," Larry recalls. "The trees were falling and going up in the air all around me and it just sounded like bombs were going off. I just kept climbing and crawling."

Larry sought shelter under a fallen oak tree, huddled next to a root ball, and holding on for dear life.

Larry says it was over as fast as it started.

After about an hour and a half, his friends and neighbors were able to cut through the fallen trees and branches to find him huddled in his horse's stable. The roof had been blown off, the horses had fled.

When asked what was going through his mind, he said simply "survival."

"I knew if I didn't run, if I didn't do something to try to get out of the path, I’m gonna die."

Much of Larry's property is beyond repair. A small barn right next to his house is now in pieces across the river. Some pieces landed as much as a mile away.

Looking at his land, the more than 30 acres of devastation, snapped trees, and debris, Larry knows God was by his side.

"I’m very fortunate and I’m very thankful," said Larry. "Now it’s just a matter of picking up the pieces and putting it back together. And there’s a lot of pieces."

The family has set up a fund to help with the rebuilding process.  If you would like to help him, please visit any Redstone Federal Credit Union and make a donation to the Larry George Rebuilding Fund.

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