Cullman County man survives tornado in shower stall

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Stories of survival are still coming out after several tornadoes tore through Alabama Monday night.

One man in Cullman County took shelter in a shower stall as a tornado ripped through his property.

On Thursday, a pillow still lies on the shower floor, which is the spot where Rick Nelson and his neighbor crouched down and prayed for safety.

Although Nelson survived, his home carries serious battle wounds.

“When we saw it coming over the hill, with the lightning and everything, we had about 30 seconds to get out, because our main living area is the part that was destroyed,” Nelson said.

He was in the process of remodeling his home. Now, the entertainment room is gone and the expensive tile floor is ruined.

The piano he grew up playing in church will never sounds the same.

“The house was really shaking the whole time,” Nelson said.  “We thought the whole thing was going to come down on us.”

But that never happened. The walls near the shower endured the force of whipping winds.

The same can’t be said for Nelson’s motor home, which was parked beside his house.

His truck and motorcycle will need repairs, too.

However, that’s not what’s in the forefront of Nelson’s mind.

“I’m just happy to be alive,” said Nelson.

He’s waiting on an estimate from the insurance adjuster, and that will determine whether or not he’ll be able to rebuild.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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