POSTED: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:04pm
WAYNE, NE (NBC) — October 4th, 2013, that's when several strong tornadoes tore through Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Despite all the damage, only one person was severely injured.
Now John Dunning is sharing his survivor story for the first time.
He was driving back from Sioux City with colleague Michael Anderson. The pair had just flown in from a conference in Chicago. Anderson's wife warned them of the tornado warning during their drive. Dunning and Anderson headed straight for the Wayne State College campus, to make sure their offices were secure, keeping their eyes to the sky for any signs of bad weather.
"Neither one of us saw it. It was rain wrapped. It did not look like any tornado I had ever seen. We drove right into it. We knew we were in trouble when we saw pieces of building flying across the highway. I drove us into a ditch and bailed out of the truck just as the windows imploded in the vehicle," said Dunning.