Granville County residents experience déjà-vu after tornado

Posted October 29, 2010 7:48 p.m. EDT
Updated October 29, 2010 10:55 p.m. EDT

— Rod Porter was still battling nature at his father-in-law's Oxford home on Friday – two days after severe storms and tornadoes left damage in Person, Orange, Granville and Vance counties.

In Porter’s father-in-law’s yard, only three trees were left standing.

But this isn’t the first time the people living near Hebron and Elam Currin roads have cleaned up after a tornado.

“About a quarter-mile up the road here and way back on our property at the end of the field in the woods, there is still some metal roofing from that earlier tornado,” Porter said.

In March of 1998, a tornado ripped through the area.

“It’s ironic that it took as close a path to the previous one as it did. It’s very ironic,” Porter said. “Don’t need another one for awhile, if ever.”

People in the area say they sort of feel like they are in tornado alley. Some said the Wednesday’s storm brought up memories about how some people waited out the 1998 tornado. One man said he rode out the storm while hiding in a milk barn.