Tornado warning in Houston, Texas: Couple runs from RV, dives into ditch to shelter from tornado

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ORANGE, Texas — A couple who ditched their car and dived into a ditch to take shelter in a Texas tornado feel ‘lucky to be alive’.

Video captured Tuesday shows the dramatic moments Zachary Peck-Chapman and his partner got out of their car with their two dogs and jumped into ditches at Country Livin’ RV Park in Orange, about 100 miles east of Houston.

Forecasters declared a rare tornado emergency for the Houston area on Tuesday as the storm system moved through the heavily populated area. There was heavy damage in cities east of Houston, but no injuries.

According to Peck-Chapman, the tornado came within a few hundred yards of their van and told them about it. Twitter “Our worst moment [lives].”

“We are still a little shaken by everything. But we are very lucky to be with each other and our house is complete! It could have hit us directly. We couldn’t see it because of the wind and rain, but we could see it from houses/cars/trees/power lines/etc. damaged,” he wrote.

Peck-Chapman said “there was only minor damage to the RV park and the owners immediately came out to help get the campers back to their units and assured them everything would be fine!” he added.

Wednesday’s storm is expected to bring damaging winds to parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, forecasters said. Winter weather warnings extended from Missouri south to Maine, with parts of New England expecting 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of snow, the National Weather Service said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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