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Jones County Resident tells Survival Story of Two Storms

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Ben Moss has lived a quiet, peaceful life in Jones County for 18 years. Tuesday evening that casual life was interrupted with the roaring sound of an EF-2 tornado.

“I thought this house was going to take off and fly, it was shaking so hard,” Moss said. “Debris [was] going past me. It felt like I was flying backwards inside the house.”

Moss owns five horses, all which survived the tornado, even though the roofing and paneling of the barn were severely damaged.

This isn't his first tornado experience. Moss' home was struck by a tornado during the now infamous Hurricane Katrina.

“When Katrina came through a tornado spun off, and it put three huge trees on top of this house and collapsed it,” Moss explained. “We got all the utilities back on Christmas Eve, and now, same thing.”

Moss is thankful for having enough of a warning to get to safety.

“I will pay attention to the weather alerts. Before, I'd just say ‘Oh it won't come here.' Well, it came. It got my attention.”

After two traumatic weather disasters, Moss said he still plans to stay in his home in Jones County.

“It [tornadoes] will make you think about it, but this is home. I am 65. I want to be here as long as I can now,” said Moss.

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