N.C. man returns from Walmart to see home destroyed by tornado

OXFORD, NC (WNCN) — It’s hard to imagine the kind of force the possible tornado in North Carolina had.

Tornado in Granville County. Photo by Photo from NortheastWeatherWx Pic: by Bryan Martin

Four homes in the Huntsboro Road area of Oxford were ripped apart, the Granville County Sheriff’s Office says.

Two other farms were also damaged.

Rick McWilliams’ family room was completely destroyed.

The likely tornado touched down in Granville County with 9-1-1 calls indicating it moved from west to east … leaving a path of destruction on Huntsboro Road in Oxford.

“There was a railing over here and of course a roof.” Rick McWilliams said pointing to destruction.

Those strong winds tore McWilliams’ home apart. It picked up his car along with the roof … all of it ended up tossed across his backyard.

Fortunately, McWilliams was out buying treats for his five dogs at the time. And he says that trip to Walmart likely saved his life.

“I got to about there when I realized and saw the house and realized. It didn’t have a roof on it,” McWilliams said.

McWilliams then began to search the debris … and found his five dogs … which were all okay.

Then there was Dudley Barnes.

“It’s bad. It’s bad.” Barnes said.

Barnes said his 81-year-old was mother was at home when the possible tornado came through.

His wife and sister were able to alert her … And she stayed in the bathroom.

“That’s where she was and luckily she was on this end of the house and not the other end because that’s where it came that way,” Barnes said.

“This was a car shed right here that’s not there anymore to your left. That’s not there and right over here was a storage building and we don’t even know where it is.” Barnes added.

While there’s a lot of damage here, a lot of homes destroyed, people around here have their eye on the bigger picture.

They are grateful, no one was injured or killed in this.

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