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Man Drives Into Tornado, Escapes Harm by Inches

Posted February 18, 2008

— A storm system spawned by a strong cold front moving into eastern North Carolina and colliding with warm air left a trail of damage in eight counties Sunday night and in the dark hours of Monday morning.

Dwight Stroud was driving to work before sunrise as that storm system passed through Beaufort County.

He said his car collided with the base of a tornado and was then pelted with flying debris.

“It was a pretty wild experience of driving down the road and suddenly getting hit by a barn, then twisted around by a tornado,” Stroud said.

Pieces of a nearby barn shattered his windows, pounded his doors and speared his headlight.

Then through his windshield, Stroud said he saw a white wall, the base of a funnel cloud.

“Just started spinning around in circles, just real small spinning, then just tossed me off to the side,” he said.

When the car stopped, Stroud said, he realized a board had come within an inch of his head.

When “you do a lot of driving, you see a lot of storms, so you know how the wind affects you. Being in that little car when the wind starts pushing you, then starts spinning you, you know what you're in for,” he said.

Amazingly, Stroud was not injured.

“You thank God to be alive. That's about it,” he said.

After the storm, Stroud got a co-worker to drive him to his tractor-trailer in Virginia so he could get back to work.


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  • mramorak Feb 19, 2008

    He was looking for the yellow brick road

  • TinaD Feb 19, 2008

    This guy was lucky.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 19, 2008

    Bush caused that tornado. Doesn't everyone know that? ;)

  • bobbythreesticks Feb 19, 2008

    I'm just happy to hear that he isn't planning to sue someone for the damage to his car. Gov't road, likely candidate. Then he had a neighbor/friend drop him off at his rig so he could get back to work. We need more people like him in the world.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 19, 2008

    LOL, Ptah!

  • ptahandatum Feb 19, 2008

    Absolutely! To Zeus be the glory! He's the only god who ever shows up to do any work at all. That other one must be in cahoots with the welfare system, because he/she/it NEVER shows up for work.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Feb 19, 2008

    was the guy saying slowly......WOW DUDE... THERE GOES A COW....OH MAN WHERE"S THE SOFA >>>DUDE

  • MadBiker Feb 19, 2008

    I wonder if he saw a flying cow???

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 19, 2008

    A lot of people survive tornados. He was in a car, so he had some protection. Why are some people so quick to call the slightly extraordinary a "miracle". If he was picked up 800 feet in the air and dropped to the ground and survived without a scratch, THAT would be a miracle. This was just an extraordinary tale of survival.

  • traveler9876 Feb 19, 2008

    He shouldn't have been out on a night when he probably knew that there would be thunderstorms. If he didn't know, he should have taken notice when he drove into the storm and gone back home. Considering he's a truck driver, he may not have a home. Not to insult or anything. That really is a super car though. He's very lucky.