Elderly Man Who Lay in Bed 'Praying' Survives Tornado That Destroyed Home

An immobile 70-year-old man has miraculously survived the devastating fallout of a tornado that ripped through his home in Texas.

Clint Murphy told KSAT his elderly dad likely drew strength from his religious faith to help him survive the tornado that destroyed his home in Kingsbury, Guadalupe County, on Monday evening.

"He was laying there praying," he said. "I guarantee you that."

Speaking to the news outlet, Murphy recalled the "emotional" moment his elderly dad was discovered unharmed in the midst of the wreckage of what was left.

"He was sitting on the edge of that bed smoking," Murphy told the news outlet, "just sitting there." The tornado destroyed much of his father's home as well as the RV where his son resides.

Murphy was not home at the time the tornado struck but his dad—who was physically incapable of leaving his property—was.

According to the news provider, the walls of the elderly man's property were ripped off by the tornado while the roof of his home also collapsed. Murphy's RV was reportedly picked up and blown 15 yards across their property before it ended up being smashed against a tree.

A shed where much of their stuff is stored, meanwhile, was blown up on top of the house and then onto a nearby tree. Murphy shared several photos chronicling the damage on Facebook.

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Despite the devastating level of destruction witnessed, Murphy said his father escaped without even a "scratch."

When rescuers attended the scene, they found his father smoking on the edge of his bed where he was reportedly heard to quip: "Took y'all long enough," and "about time y'all got here."

Murphy is at a loss to explain how his father escaped unscathed. "He said the roof fell on him and then he said it lifted off him," he told KSAT.

For now, he is focused on rebuilding their home and hopefully fixing up "two little cabins" for him and his father.

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Newsweek has contacted Murphy and the Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office for comment.

The incident is the latest chapter in the devastating fallout of several storms and tornadoes which caused widespread damage across Texas.

On Tuesday, more than 40,000 people were left with power across the state while a day earlier, there were reports of damage to several homes, an animal shelter, and a high school in the city of Jacksboro.

Elsewhere, dramatic footage of a red truck getting caught up in a tornado near Elgin also surfaced on social media, along with a video showing people fleeing a Walmart with strong winds sending debris flying through the air.

A tornado-damaged home in Round Rock, Texas.
A tornado-damaged home in Round Rock, Texas. The state has suffered widespread damage as a result of a series of tornadoes. Brandon Bell/Getty