Couple Survives Fort Payne Tornado

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Updated: 2/24 9:56 am
      Troy and Carolyn McBrayer are left to clean up what remains of their Fort Payne home. The couple was caught in the path of last night's EF-2 tornado.
     "I was in the bed, I got up and when my roof went off. I was trapped in the hallway," said Troy McBrayer.
    "As my head was down, the pressure and the impact of the roof coming off, then there was something hit me on the back of my head, and the Lord gave me strength to get it off my head and roll it on my back," added Carolyn McBrayer.
    Dazed and disoriented, the couple was forced to look for one another in the confusion.
    "He was in the bedroom, his wife was in the kitchen and she said that the pressure just pushed her down in the wheelchair and then it ripped the roof off and she said a board had hit her. Then she went calling for Troy and he come staggering down the hallway and was able to get out," said Greg Terrell, Pastor of the New Beginnings Worship Center.
    "I screamed for my husband because he wasn't saying anything and he said I'm alright he got to the hallway and he said he had looked back and the wind had lifted his mattress off the bed and he said everything was flying. The ceiling was falling. I just thought the ceiling was falling, I didn't know the roof was off. He said the roof is gone and the lightening was shining an it was lighting up the room," added Carolyn.
    With nowhere to turn, the community stepped in, helping the couple salvage their belongings, while the local Red Cross came to the rescue.
    "They are giving us three nights at the Econo-Lodge. They gave us money for clothing and for groceries," said Carolyn.
    But even amidst all the destruction, Carolyn McBriar never lost her faith.
    "My husband was saying it's raining, I'm cold. And I said can't you find anything to wrap up in. No I can't get into anything and I said praise the Lord Troy you are alive."
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