Meridian didn't experience the catastrophic storm damage that killed several people and destroyed buildings across northern Mississippi, parts of Tennessee and Arkansas.
But Meridian native Charlie Robinson, who moved to Jackson, Tenn., last August survived a twister there.
Tuesday evening a tornado wiped most of his community away. But Robinson's home was spared.
In a phone conversation, Robinson explained the destruction just one street over from his home.
"Things were just everywhere. I saw wood from houses that were sticking in the side of someone else's roof," said Robinson. "It just looked like a missile that when inside their room. It was, the power of it. I heard it coming. I actually looked out my front door and looked up at the sky. The lightning lit with the sky in the background. Of course I saw it at that point. It was a perfect funnel shape all the way to the ground. It was very scary."
Robinson said the tornado lasted less than minute, but it seemed like an eternity.
"So I ran back inside and locked the door. I had already prepared a place for us in a coat closet for my wife and two children to get in if it did happen," said Robinson. "And we got down, of course, in the closet. Of course, at that time we said a prayer. I believe God spared us and it was pretty scary, and we were blessed that our home did not get damaged."
Robinson said there's a lot of cleanup to do, but he believes the community will come together and help each other rebuild their lives.
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