Family Hangs On As Violent Tornado Tears Apart Their Home

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An amazing story of survival emerged from the rubble as one Gibson County family held onto one another as the tornado tore apart everything around them.

Theresa Mossberger, her husband and their 26-year-old son live in two modular homes off County Road 1000 South near the Gibson-Posey County line. As the storm barreled toward the family’s property, the three huddled in an interior room of a barn that was between the two homes.

As the preliminary EF-3 tornado tore through, the walls of the interior room began to splinter and blow away. The three held on for dear life before being separated by the storm’s fury. At one point, Theresa’s son began to scream, ‘I think I’m going to die.’

“It didn’t get terrifying until my son yelled that. That’s when it hit me,” Mossberger said. “I thought, ‘oh my God I’m about to lose my son.’ That’s when it got terrifying. We were being moved by the tornado. We thought we were in our safe spot.”

The next thing Theresa remembers is being pinned underneath a pile of debris and her neighbor’s jeep.

“That could have crushed me,” Mossberger said. “Look around, we lost everything but not our lives. All three of us were able to stand up and look around. It was dark and we didn’t see the magnitude. We could have been in that but we’re still alive.”

The family along with dozens of friends and their insurance agent spent the day Wednesday cleaning up the debris strewn across the rolling farmland surrounding their property. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Theresa’s son pay for upcoming expenses. He did not have insurance on his home, she said.

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