CABARRUS COUNTY – Dylan Greene peaked outside of his northern Cabarrus County home when he saw a wall of wind and rain headed in his direction.
The 16-year-old junior at Central Cabarrus High School immediately grabbed his cat and rushed into the closet.
“I hid in there,” Greene said.
A possible tornado wrecked through the house, at 6285 Old Concord-Salisbury Road in the Mt. Mitchell community, Thursday afternoon, leaving noticeable damage to the inside and outside of home.
Fortunately, there were no injuries.
The tornadic activity came through the back of the Greene family’s house.
It continued to split through trees in the year, and uprooted a few more in the neighborhood, while bouncing off of a couple nearby houses.
“It’s bad. There’s no roof on the back (of the house),” said Jeff Greene, Dylan’s father. “There’s water damage inside and it’s still running in.”
The storm took off the roof, damaged some windows, and made a hole through the back entrance of the house.
“I wasn’t that scared. It was just unreal,” Dylan Greene said. “I was like, ‘Is this happening?’ I was just glad I got the cat.”
Dylan Greene said he wasn’t watching the news at the time of the possible tornado.
However, he said he received an alert on his phone that a tornado was spotted close by.
“I knew there was another one that touched down,” Dylan Green said. “I got an alert on my phone and was hearing sirens. I thought, ‘that’s a tornado.’”
Dylan Greene called his parents – Jeff and Shannon – and told them what had happened.
“I told my mom, ‘I’m OK. The house is kind of a mess. You should probably come home,’” Dylan Greene said. “I never thought that one would ever strike down in this area, especially on our house.”