Bertie County Tornado Victim: "Quick Action & Prayer Saved Our Lives"

The devastation in the town of Colerain in Bertie County is something even fire chief Milton Felton couldn't believe when he saw it. "I didn't think it would be this devastating. I saw this twister from my house and I started riding and I was on another road and found people pinned up under the house."

Off Highway 42 in Colerain two homes hit by the tornado were left unrecognizable. Only a quarter of a mile away the Whitley family had a different story. Rob Whitley says, "My wife said let's get under the front stairs and I looked out the front window and there was a pretty big funnel cloud and I said no let's get under the house."

That quick decision and some prayer according Whitley is what saved his family of four. "I had all four of us to pray and we just asked for the Lord's protection and it's aside from the damage look at what's left and we are thankful for that."

Emergency crews say they will be out throughout the evening Sunday making sure everyone is accounted for and cleaning up debris.


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  • by cabnc Location: Richlands on Apr 18, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Maybe Jo Billi Bob (obviously the fake name chosen is a "dig" as well) needs to take a up close and personal look at the devastation this area has experienced? That should quiet any "ugliness" in his comments. And Frank...really? You are obviously missing the point as well.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Apr 17, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    Yes we should remove his comments because Freedom of Speech is only for speech that we all agree with.
  • by Ed Location: Bertie on Apr 17, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    Billi Bob....I question the reverend title with a remark such as yours, and the fact you do not have the gumption to use a real name or location. WITN should modify the comment section to address this, or remove the comment. That statement has no merit and has no place in this story. I spent last night in the hard hit areas, saw the death, saw the destruction, and also saw many, many miracles. if you have nothing nice to say, please say nothing. Thank you.
  • by This isn't the time Location: Jamesville on Apr 17, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    You know Rev, that is uncalled for at a time like this. Prayer is what many people believe in and this family is alive today. They are safe! Why are you just trying to stir up something that isn't important at all? It doesn't take a "bible thumper" to be angered by your comment. Even an athiest would say that commenting on this story about prayer is disrespectful.
  • by T Location: Moore on Apr 17, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    Jo Billi Bob i would love to know who you call in the time of need! You should be thankful youre breathing and if youre wondering its not because of luck!!!
  • by Windsor Location: Bertie on Apr 17, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    Rev Jo Billi Bob, I for one am no Bible Thumper however your negative, degrading, smartass comment only makes you look like a fool.
  • by Kevin Location: WILLIAMSTON on Apr 17, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    The house in the picture, was where I grew up and lived at more than 20 years. House moved about 30 feet and the family that was living there is OK.
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