Bath family tells story of surviving the tornado

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News 12 at 6 o'clock; March 17, 2008

BATH, S.C. --- Cleanup continues in Bath, one of the harder hit areas of Aiken County. Now, one family is telling News 12 just what happened on Saturday afternoon.

It was a wild one for the Horne family. They are thankful no one was killed and now they are simply trying to clean up and move on.

Like others in the Midland Valley area, David Horne's home is still without power. He's seen tornadoes before, but nothing every compared to what he saw in his own front yard on Saturday afternoon.

"I just happened to look out the window and I seen trees (all over the place) laying down. I hollered for my family to get into the kitchen and hit the floor," says David.

"Being from Texas, I knew the sound. I heard the sound and it sounded like a freight train was coming," he adds.

"I stood at the window - even though you're not supposed to - and I watched everything fly by... boards, tree limbs, everything," says David's wife Tammy.

"The house was shaking. The window's were rattling," says David. "That's the first one I've been in for 36 years and it actually scared me. I was doing some heavy praying."

"In about 30 to 45 seconds, it was all over with," he adds.

That's when they saw debris everywhere. Roof's torn off, trees uprooted.

"It was like walking in the twilight zone. That's the best way I can describe it," says David. "Because the roof of the Post Office landed (on both sides of the street). It landed in my yard."

"The corner of (a) fence was laying flat down. (A) 100-something year old tree (in his front yard), was just laid over," says David.

"I still got shingles in my yard from all the debris," he adds.

Now, it's time to pick up the pieces and move on.

"You can replace the property, but you can't replace a life," David says. "It was just a feeling you won't never forget. I just thank the good Lord nobody was killed."

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