Tornado survivor recalls terrifying experience - WSMV Channel 4

Tornado survivor recalls terrifying experience

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MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -

Folks are still digging out after 10 tornadoes slammed into the Mid-state Wednesday. We're getting a better picture of what it was like to face down Mother Nature's fury.

Stan Adams, a Mt. Juliet man describes the terrifying moment when an EF-2 ripped through the business district.

"You can see my glasses and everything laying here," Adams said as he came to the Lineberry Building Thursday to salvage what he could and survey the damage.

It's the first time since the EF-2 hit the building Wednesday morning, a storm he still can't believe he survived.

"It come in and got the roof and took it this away and went that way," Adams explained.

He watched over the property at night and had a small studio apartment in the far back corner. He'd just laid down when the storm hit.

"It started snatching everything and that's when I tried to get a hold of the doorknobs and tried to hold on because it was trying to take me out of the building," Adams recalled.

The winds slammed into the building with such force, they ripped out the top portion of the building, burying all the businesses under tons of debris.

"I started crawling and got a hold of the phone and called 911 and told them that there's a tornado hit and they said, 'Are you serious?'" Adams explained. "I said, 'Buddy, listen to me we're trapped in a building!'" And I said, 'There's three of us up here.'"

Adams rode out the storm in a nearby closet. He waited for rescued workers to dig him out.

"He's looking out for me. I got nine lives like a cat. I think I only got one or two left."

Adams wasn't alone in that building. Two other men were working in the office next door. When the tornado hit they dove under a mattress. They told Channel 4 News they believe it saved their lives.

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