Storm survivor: 'Thank God we are alive!'

Storm survivor: 'Thank God we are alive!'
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

SAWMILLS, NC (WBTV) - Will Taylor says he knew the oncoming storm Wednesday evening in Sawmills would be trouble when he saw the thick swirling clouds moving in.

"Then things started hitting the house," he said.

Taylor, his wife, and 16-year-old son were inside their mobile home.

"I told them to get down," Taylor explained.

Within moments, a large oak tree crashed on top of the home. Several other trees hit it as well. The ceiling started coming down and the sides were buckling.

In a matter of seconds, it was over.

"We had to push our way out the door to get out," said Taylor.

His home was destroyed. Just fifty feet away, another mobile home was split in two by a tree. No one lived there, but the tree came through at the spot where Taylor had stored several items.

The Red Cross has put Taylor and his family up in a motel for now and he is trying to determine where he will go after that.

County officials are still counting up the damage in the area. At least two homes were destroyed and several more were badly damaged by falling trees. The damage stretched from Granite Falls to Sawmills.

No one was hurt in the storms and people like Will Taylor are amazed it was not worse.

"I'm proud to be alive," Taylor said, and added as he looked skyward, "Thank you, Lord!"

Copyright 2017 WBTV. All rights reserved.