Tornado Survivor Shares Story


One man shares his story of survival from Thursday's tornado in Noxubee County.

"Before I could get to the floor, it had picked it back up and had it airborne. It hit the other trailer behind, and threw me back out there by the 4-wheeler."

That's Ervin Hill's first hand account of yesterday's powerful tornado that struck his mobile home just outside of Shuqualak. Hill was asleep when it first hit, and after he came to outside of what was left of his home, he wasn't sure what had just happened.

"It was horrifying to be conscious while you're in the air and just seeing yourself in a black hole. I didn't see anything, a light, until I hit the ground."

Hill had numerous cuts and gashes from his head to his legs, but with his adrenaline pumping after the tornado had passed, he hobbled down the road to find his mother and sister to see if they were all right.

"I ran there, and as I got there, my sister, she was bleeding from her head. Her head was covered in blood along with her hair and her face and her arm. Her wrist was cut, it looked like half in two."

Hill was treated at a local hospital and released, while his sister underwent surgery in Tupelo. Meanwhile, the Red Cross was out in full force with several Emergency Response Vehicles making sure people like Hill had food, water, and a place to stay.

Selena Standifer with the Red Cross says, "For today, we're going to continue to mobile feeding and assessing the needs of the community, and we'll continue to be here until normalcy is restored."

As for Hill, he's taking this time to reflect on his experience, and patiently waiting for that sense of normalcy to be restored.

"You just sit back and settle down and let your body and mind just settle back and settle down for a moment. Let it come to you. Things will work themselves out in just a couple days once everything settles down."


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