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Family Lucky to be Alive After Tornado Tosses Home 100 Yards

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(KCEN) – Trent Ashworth holds back tears as he looks at what used to be his home. It’s a house he poured his sweat and tears into, building with his own hands.

“It hurts,” he choked. “But what are you gonna do? I just thank God it saved us.”

Thursday night he was at home with his wife Stacie and two teens when the storm blew into Bertram. “My son went upstairs and he said Dad, Dad I see it touch down. We shut the door to the bathroom, put a mattress over us and got in the tub, and all of a sudden it hit,” he said.

A tornado barreled toward their home. Trent says he heard the rip, felt the suction, and then they were in the air. The house had been torn from the foundation and was tossed 100 yards away.

“We were in there just praying God would save us, and he did. He saved us,” Trent said.

While the windows shattered, furniture thrown around, and large shards of debris embedded in the siding of the house, his family miraculously walked out safely. Their small Italian Greyhound, Louie, was sitting outside the bathroom door with a few scratches. Their German shepherd, Sasha, was nowhere to be found.

The family left for the night, and when they returned in the morning they saw for the first time just how devastating the tornado had been. While the frame was still standing, the house was destroyed. But it was that sturdy frame that the National Weather Service says saved their lives.

“I’ve been doing weather for 25 years, and I’ve never seen a house moved off its foundation 100 yards and be this intact,” science operations officer Jon Zeitler said.

Zeitler says there is no doubt a tornado hit, and they predict it was an EF 2 with winds reaching up to 130 miles an hour.

But through the darkness… a bright spot emerged. Their beloved family dog Sasha who they thought was gone forever, was found hiding under a knocked over bookshelf in their son’s room. “God is good, he saved us all,” Trent said.

While it’s painful to look at the house, Trent says all that matters is his family is safe. “This is just stuff. We can always replace it, but our family is fine. It’s just a testimony of Gods goodness, a true testimony to that,” he cried.

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