Couple ‘blessed to be alive’ after diving into ditch during tornado: video

To quote an age-old biblical proverb: They nearly reaped the storm.

A couple are feeling ‘blessed to be alive’ after being forced to flee their motorhome and plunge into a ditch to escape a raging tornado in Texas. Harrowing images of them narrowly avoiding the vortex of fate are currently swirling thousands of views and likes online.

“We feel blessed to be alive and to have our little house on wheels intact,” Zachary Peck-Chapman, 34, said of the ‘Wizard Of Oz’ incident, which happened on Tuesday. after a tornado hit the country. RV park in Orange, Texas.

The National Weather Service had issued a quirk warning residents that the situation was “lethal” and implored them to “seek shelter now!”

Peck-Chapman – who was traveling from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina – told Storyful why he and his unnamed partner decided to stay put: ‘We knew there was a warning nearby, but we didn’t think not that it was safe to drive out in time.

Zachary Peck-Chapman and his partner flee the RV.
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“God was surely working in our favor tonight.”

Zachary Peck Chapman

That’s when the whirling dervish of death arrived on their doorstep, creating what the Texan called “the scariest moment of our lives.” The tornado made landfall “within a few hundred yards of the van,” Peck-Champman wrote on Twitter. “With no shelter nearby, we headed for the ditch.”

The resulting footage, filmed by Peck-Chapman, begins with a panorama of the apocalyptically-looking scene with an abandoned RV park being pounded by high winds and rain. It then cuts to the Texan and his wife fleeing the RV with their two dogs, before jumping into a water-filled drainage ditch to avoid being sucked into the “Twister”.

Fortunately, Peck-Chapman said there was “only minor damage to the RV park, and the owners immediately came out to help get campers back to their blocks and reassure everyone that everything would be fine. !”

“God was surely working in our favor tonight,” he wrote in a follow-up Tweet.


The National Weather Service had called the situation “deadly” and urged residents of Orange to take shelter.
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The tornado hits Country Living' RV park in Orange, Texas.
The tornado hits Country Living’ RV park in Orange, Texas.
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Peck-Chapman and his partner take refuge in a water-filled ditch in the middle of the storm.
Peck-Chapman and his partner take refuge in a water-filled ditch in the middle of the storm.
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This harrowing saga came amid a powerful storm system that hit the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that downed utility poles and power lines, overturned vehicles and ripped roofs off homes and businesses in communities east of Houston.

Footage from Houston’s ABC outlet KTRK showed several businesses sustained significant damage, including the city’s animal shelter. Nearby fences were toppled and shingles and roof pieces were ripped from houses – but no injuries were immediately reported.

The American Red Cross said it was opening a shelter in nearby Pasadena, and officials in nearby Deer Park said the tornado severely damaged a nursing home. Residents had to be taken away, but no one was injured.

As emergency crews worked to restore power, Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton Jr. urged anyone in need of a place to stay to look outside his town.

“There’s an aspect of me that’s amazed nobody got hurt,” Mouton said. “We will take care of the property and recover and rebuild.”

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