Mid-South man recovering after storm blows over his home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man wakes up on side of road after storm blows over home

Damage is so bad that he is considering starting all over. Damage is so bad that he is considering starting all over.
Hess is now at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. His family says he has some broken ribs and will need days to recover. Hess is now at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. His family says he has some broken ribs and will need days to recover.

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South man is recovering at a Memphis hospital tonight after his home was destroyed during early morning storms on Friday.

John Hess woke up on the side of a gravel road after his mobile home blew over; his mattress was in the middle of a field along with almost everything else that was in his home.

"It's unbelievable," notes friend Bo Reid.

Friends came by to see the damage for themselves. Window frames are bent in half and debris is scattered hundreds of yards away, but Hess is alive in Memphis.

"We wish the best for him. Like I say, Johnny is a super nice guy, they don't come any better," added Reid.

But how Hess got on the gravel road might amaze you. He woke up hurt outside of his home that is now gone.

"He crawled on one of these tractors and drove down to a friend of his," said Reid.

Hess is now at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. His family says he has some broken ribs and will need days to recover.

There are no trees in the area to block the wind gusts that were reported up to 60 miles per hour. Limbs broke through AC Smith's house in Quitman County while his family was sleeping.

Damage is so bad that he is considering starting all over.

"With the materials and prices ... It's several thousand dollars," said Smith.

Smith knows he is fortunate compared to others like John Hess. Friends say Hess just bought the home and almost everything in it, which is now scattered throughout the mud.

"You can see all of the appliances there and everything that was a brand new mobile home," said Smith.

At last check Hess was going through several surgeries Friday, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Copyright 2014 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • BREAKDOWN: Can you have thunder without lightning?

    BREAKDOWN: Can you have thunder without lightning?

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:06 PM EDT2018-05-27 16:06:38 GMT

    In an earlier Breakdown video, we told you about the process that causes lightning and how powerful a bolt is when it strikes the ground. In this episode of the Breakdown, we will discuss thunder and answer the question of, can you have thunder without lightning? First, a quick recap on lightning: a bolt of lightning is as hot as 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit--that is more than five times hotter than the surface of the sun! The air around the bolt heats up rapidly and it...

    More >>

    In an earlier Breakdown video, we told you about the process that causes lightning and how powerful a bolt is when it strikes the ground. In this episode of the Breakdown, we will discuss thunder and answer the question of, can you have thunder without lightning? First, a quick recap on lightning: a bolt of lightning is as hot as 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit--that is more than five times hotter than the surface of the sun! The air around the bolt heats up rapidly and it...

    More >>
  • The one year anniversary of Memphis in May-hem

    The one year anniversary of Memphis in May-hem

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-05-27 14:16:11 GMT
    The toppled Tom Lee MemorialThe toppled Tom Lee Memorial
    The toppled Tom Lee MemorialThe toppled Tom Lee Memorial

    May 27 marks the one year anniversary of a devastating wind storm that struck Memphis and the Mid-South and was later dubbed Memphis in May-hem.  On the evening of Saturday May 27 a line of strong storms moved southeast out of southern Missouri and into northeastern Arkansas.  The day had been very warm and muggy and was ripe for fueling any storms that entered the area.  This was also the final day of festivities in Downtown Memphis at Tom Lee for Memphis In May a...

    More >>

    May 27 marks the one year anniversary of a devastating wind storm that struck Memphis and the Mid-South and was later dubbed Memphis in May-hem.  On the evening of Saturday May 27 a line of strong storms moved southeast out of southern Missouri and into northeastern Arkansas.  The day had been very warm and muggy and was ripe for fueling any storms that entered the area.  This was also the final day of festivities in Downtown Memphis at Tom Lee for Memphis In May a...

    More >>
  • 901Fest caps off the Memphis in May festivities

    901Fest caps off the Memphis in May festivities

    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:20:41 GMT
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)
    (Source: WMC Action News 5)(Source: WMC Action News 5)

    Saturday afternoon Memphians filled Tom Lee Park by the river to celebrate everything 901. 

    More >>

    Saturday afternoon Memphians filled Tom Lee Park by the river to celebrate everything 901. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly