Nabb man rides out storm in closet


Crews continue to work to restore power to Nabb, another southern Indiana town devastated by tornadoes.

Workers are restringing miles of power lines downed by Friday's twisters, but it will be a long time before customers like Chuck Martin and Josh Cox have homes along State Road 362 to run power to.

Cox was working in the auto repair shop behind his house when he saw reports of a twister approaching. He got into his bedroom closet and covered himself with blankets. He spoke with his wife by phone, while she sheltered in her bank's vault.

Cox said his wife just encouraged him to hunker down.

"An awful sound. I could hear it coming. I just pulled the door shut, balled up to a ball and, all of a sudden, the damn house started jumping up and down," he said.

When the house blew apart, he could see a cattle trailer fly right over his head, along with a basketball goal, spinning like a chopper blade.

"I just lay flat," Cox said. "Then I could see nobody had anything left. Then hail started coming down."

He said the hailstones were so heavy and numerous, they hurt. He then dove into his rain-soaked crawlspace and found an area still covered by the badly-damaged subfloor. That is where he rode out the rest of the storm.

"I don't know what got me through it. The man upstairs," Cox said.