Monday morning shows the destruction Sunday’s tornado caused to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., Feb. 11, 2013. Emergency officials said late Sunday that at least 10 people were injured in surrounding Forrest County and three were hurt to the west in Marion County, but they weren’t aware of any deaths caused by the storms. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Jeff Revette ran from his car and lay face-down in the grass next to the red-brick wall of a church as a tornado roared toward him, with debris scattering and electrical transformers exploding. Twenty seconds later, bricks were strewn across a flattened pickup truck a mere 10 feet away amid toppled trees and power lines.
Revette, a 43-year-old National Guard soldier who returned from a deployment to Afghanistan about a year ago, stood up unharmed. A woman who had been driving the smashed pickup and had taken cover near him was pinned by some insulation and other debris, but she was OK after Revette lifted the wreckage off her.
“It’s just amazing,” he said. “God is real. I am one blessed man.”
The powerful twister tore a path across at least three counties, injuring more than 80 people — but residents marveled that no one died. Officials said several circumstances converged to Login to read more