ORANGE, Texas– A couple feels “blessed to be alive” after running out of their RV and dodging into a ditch to protect themselves from a Texas tornado.
Video captured Tuesday shows the dramatic moments as Zachary Peck-Chapman and his partner climb out of their RV with their two dogs and jump into a ditch at Country Livin’ RV Park in Orange, about 100 miles east of Houston.
On Tuesday, forecasters issued a rare tornado emergency for the Houston area as the storm system moved through the densely populated area. Significant damage was reported in cities east of Houston, but there were no reports of injuries.
Peck-Chapman said the tornado landed a few hundred feet from her van and recounted the fact Twitter as the “scariest moment of our [lives].”
“We’re still a little bit shaken up by all of this. But we are very blessed to have each other & our home intact! It could have hit us directly. We couldn’t see it because of the wind and rain but less than a quarter mile up the road houses/vehicles/trees/power lines/etc. were damaged,” he wrote.
Peck-Chapman added that there was “only minor damage at the RV park and the owners immediately went out to help campers get back on their blocks and reassured everyone everything would be fine!”
Wednesday’s storm should bring damaging winds to parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, forecasters said. The winter weather warnings stretched from southern Missouri to Maine, with 8 to 12 inches of snow expected in areas of New England, the National Weather Service said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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