News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
WAGENER, S.C. -- Vibraschi Aversa was about to have lunch when a tornado ripped through his house.
"This thing only lasted about three, four minutes," he said. "It came and it went. I didn't have time to think."
In those three or four minutes, his house was basically torn in half. The roof is completely gone on one side and looks almost completely normal on the other side.
Also during that time, Vibraschi didn't have time to move. The 87-year-old man was inside the house alone when the tornado hit.
"When I looked out, I heard a noise, and I saw trees swaying all over the place," he said. "The next thing I know, the roof left the house, and I said, 'uh-oh.'"
That "uh-oh" destroyed his house, which he built just five years ago, but now he says it's just time to start working.
"We just have to go to work and rebuild it. What else are you going to do?" he asked jokingly.
Even though a tornado tore through his house, Vibraschi is starting to pick up the pieces with a smile on his face.
"I'm thankful that I survived without being hurt," he said.