BONNEAU, SC (WCSC) - A Bonneau man says heavy winds from Tropical Storm Hermine caused a tree to collapse onto his home minutes after he told his family to move to the back of the house.
Tim Walters and his family said tree limbs began falling on his home around 10 p.m. Friday and they knew the tree those limbs were coming from was rotten.
"Ninety percent of the time, we're in the living room, you know, that's the X-Box, the movies, the TV, you know, everything's in the living room," Walters said.
Walters urged his children to immediately get out of the living room and go to the back of the house.
Minutes later, the tree fell into the home, and over the length of his entire house.
"One second you could hear the tree cracking and then the next second it just comes tumbling down," Walter said.
Walters protected his two-month-old baby with his body while his fiancée shielded the other children as the tree fell.
"It's probably the scariest thing that I've ever been through in my life," Walters' fiancée, Noelle Bianchi, said. "We didn't know what was going to happen next. Is this it or is the rest of the house going tumbling down? And we couldn't really drive anywhere because the wind was so bad so we just got in the car and parked in the middle of the yard. I figured that was the safest thing because we didn't know if another tree was going to come tumbling down."
No one in the home was seriously injured.
"We're very lucky and we just thank God," Bianchi said.
After they were out of the house, one of Walters' older daughters was in a panicked state, but Walters said what touched him was when their four-year-old tried to reassure her, telling her it could have been a lot worse.
"For a four-year-old to look at the situation and understand how lucky we are is an amazing thing," Walters said. "We're lucky we made it out."
Walters, his children, and fiancée are currently staying with family members until their home is repaired.