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Tornado drops Salem man's camper on his truck

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Harold Britt Harold Britt
SALEM, Ala. -

One man in Salem woke up with his camper on top of his pickup truck. He says the sound of the tornado is a memory that will stick in his mind.

Harold Britt has seen plenty of tornadoes come near, but he had never experienced what he went through Tuesday morning.

“My wife had just got out of bed and come back in and yelled at us. And by the time i got up and got in the hallway, it was here. We stood in the hallway there,” Britt said.

As the sounds magnified, Britt says he held tight to his family.

“We just laid in the floor in the hallway and prayed for the best,” Britt said.

He says the noise was something he will never forget.

“It was pretty loud and the house started shaking... My daughter was crying,” he said.

When it was over, Britt and his family walked outside to see his camper not where he parked it. The storm had left it on top of his truck. He thinks the camper was scooped up by very strong winds.

“It was hitting the house,” Britt said. But, I think that camper may have shot up over the house if you want to know the truth. I think that is what it was. Look at my neighbor’s house. The roof is gone off of it. His front porch is completely gone.”

His back yard was also a picture of the power of the morning storms. His first reaction was to be upset over all the lost property. But, he says his wife put everything into perspective.

“We’re alive. That is the main thing. Like my wife said, 'don't worry about it. You can replace this.' we are alive. That is the main thing,” Britt said.

Britt’s insurance adjuster came by on Tuesday. They will get a towing company to turn the camper back on its wheels by the end of the week.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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