El Reno man dodged debris in home during tornado

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/03/2013 5:25 pm Published: 6/03/2013 4:59 pm

A 76-year old El Reno man faced down the storm in his home on Friday night.

Dr. Bill Thesing lived alone in his house. When the storm hit on Friday he told FOX23 he didn't take shelter in his storm cellar because he was afraid he would drown. Thesing instead ran from room to room trying to dodge falling debris.

Thesing is a doctor with eight different degrees; he's also a retired colonel in the U.S. military.

He said he's used to facing adversity, but Friday night tested his courage. He said he looked out of his window and saw marble-sized hail pounding his roof, and trees bending against his house.

He tried to take refuge in his bedroom, but it was so dark, he could barely see.

"I was trying to go into the bedroom and it was like a vacuum was pulling me in there," he said.

At one point, he said an entire wall fell on top of him and one of his cats. Although he was battered and bruised, he made it out of his home alive.

Thesing is now living at a local motel while he tries to figure out what he will do next. His home was insured.

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