Man recalls night an EF-2 tornado tore through Christiana


The night of Nov. 5 into the next morning was very active with severe storms across Middle Tennessee.

In all, there were nine tornadoes that touched down, including an EF-2 tornado that tore through Christiana.

Paul Heider is a resident there and said he was watching News 2 preparing for the tornado.

“Then Danielle Breezy said there is a signature that shows debris being kicked up by the tornado and if you live near Rock Springs Midland Road, which right behind my house, go to your safe place. I thought ‘this is too close’ so I went to my safe place,” said Heider. 

Heider not only went to his safe spot in the hallway, but he grabbed his keys, identification and flashlight.

He even put his boots and coat on to be prepared.  

“It didn’t last very long. It was probably 45 seconds that the wind started to shake the whole house and then it was over. It was that fast,” recalled Heider. 

After the storm went by, he did go outside to check on his neighbors and his house.

He was lucky as the tornado passed just 500 feet from his property.

It was pitch black so it was hard to see, but the next morning there was lots of debris scattered in his yard and some silos behind his house were gone.

Down the road it ripped off the roof of a sturdy house and also flipped another house completely over.

He knows how lucky he was. 

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