Leon County couple survives windstorm that destroyed their home

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BUFFALO, Tex. (KBTX) - A Leon County couple feels fortunate after high winds swept through their home overnight causing catastrophic damage.

Clayton Cox and his wife, Kymber, were home when the storm blew in just after 2:00 a.m. Thursday. Their mobile home was knocked off the foundation and rolled several times. Clayton was actually thrown out of the house.

"It just kind of kept on rolling. My wife was in the bathroom. It threw me into the wall and out the window," he said.

"This is the roof from where it went upside down and then back on its side and then sat back upright. That's how it ended up sitting. It ended up sitting right back upright," explained Clayton.

Cox said he was thrown at the bedroom window. The house continued to roll. Amazingly, he wasn't crushed.

"I've got two big gashes and they put some staples in. I got a bump on my head," said Cox.

His wife has a bunch of road rash and cuts. She was at the doctor getting checked out Thursday afternoon.

"My wife is 11 weeks pregnant so thank God's everybody's okay," he said.

"It kind of sounded like the movie 'Twister'," said Cox. "The hard swoosh of the wind and then a bunch of clanging and banging is what it sounded like. Then it was over, so it was real loud but it was it was bearable. I mean it wasn’t you know hurt your ears but it was a real loud swoosh," he said.

A nearby church has a message about the wicked weather. The Hiway Tabernacle Church of God said: "Forecast for tomorrow. God reigns and the sun shines."

It's a sentiment shared by Cox.

"You know, God works in mysterious ways. That's about all you can say. I mean, a house rolled over the top of me as I went through the window and I'm still here talking to you. I've got stitches or staples and that's it, so praise God," he said.

The family does have insurance to help pick up the pieces. Leon County was already cleaning up debris from Saturday's storms. Last week an EF-1 size tornado touched down in parts of that county damaging 8 homes.