Castalian Springs family survives as tornado rips house apart - WSMV Channel 4

Castalian Springs family survives as tornado rips house apart

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A Castalian Springs family managed to take shelter in the crawl space under their house early Wednesday as a storm tore off their front porch and ripped away much of the roof of their home on Highway 251 South.

Anja Arsenault heard a loud noise that she would later figure out was their dream house being torn apart above them.

"That was the porch going - gone - taking the roof with it. It was horrible," she said.

Arsenault's family, including her husband, Rick, their three children and two dogs, all huddled in the crawl space until the noise was over.

"It died down. It got really quiet, and I said, 'Maybe it's over with.' I said, 'Ya'll stay here,' and I went upstairs. It was gone. The whole inside was gone," said Rick Arsenault.

The main rooms of the house were heavily damaged by wind and rain.

The couple had moved into the home about three years ago after relocating to Tennessee from Texas. Rick Arsenault is retired from the military and had previously been stationed at Fort Campbell.

"We're going to rebuild. We're going to get through it," Rick Arsenault said.

"We're not leaving. No, we're not," said Anja Arsenault.

A National Weather Service storm survey crew assessed the damage nearby and determined the storm included an EF0 tornado.

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