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Dunn baby survives tornado

Posted April 18, 2011 4:48 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2011 11:18 p.m. EDT

— Memories scattered all over the ground are all that is left of Pearlie Robinson’s mobile home in Dunn.

Robinson was at home with her children and her niece’s baby when a massive tornado came barreling straight for them on Saturday.

“Glass started shattering, the trailer started moving and we just got to one end that we thought was safe enough, and the trailer just came down on us,” Robinson said.

Robinson’s son, Jonathan, grabbed 3-month-old Ayden moments before the twister hit.

“By the time I ran to the closet, I could see my window shattering, and after that, everything just collapsed, and the wind blew him out of my hands,” Jonathan Robinson said. “I just had to find him. That was the only thing I could think of.”

They found Ayden beneath a closet door. He didn’t have a scratch on him.

“He had dirt in his eyes and in his face, but he was crying, so they said that was a good sign,” family member Teneka Robinson said. 

"My baby's not supposed to be here right now," Ayden's mother, Ceira Robinson, said Monday. 

"Just the grace of God," Jonathan Robinson said. 

Of the 30 homes at the mobile home park where the Robinsons live,only three remain livable.

Dunn man thrown from mobile home 

Hobbling on crutches Jose Osorio wandered through what was left of the Cedar Creek Mobile Home Park in Dunn on Monday.

Osorio’s home is gone, but he isn’t complaining.

He was watching soccer with friends on Saturday when a massive tornado crossed Interstate-95 in Dunn and headed straight for them.

“His friends said, ‘We’re going to die. We’re going to die.’ They saw everything. It was black and the tornado was coming,” Osorio’s translator, Juan Sanchez, said.

Osorio said the tornado picked up the mobile home with everyone inside.

When Osorio awoke, he was lying in the road. He had a few cuts and scrapes.

There were two fatalities at the Cedar Creek Mobile Home Park.