WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Wilmington man barley escaped a tree falling on him in the comfort of his own home during Hurricane Matthew.
After Gary Alphin lost power during the hurricane, he decided to pass the time by reading a book in his bed.
Alphin then heard a loud noise and knew he had to move and quick.
“Once I heard it I knew I had to jump off that bed as fast as I could,” Alphin explained.
Just seconds later, a 100-year-old tree crashed into his bedroom and his survival instincts saved him and his dog’s life.
Aphin managed to escape his house while fumbling through the darkness, not knowing the severity of the damage.
“Honestly, I didn’t know that the full tree had broken through the house. I didn’t know if it was just a big limb that fell on the house,” added Alphin.
He had narrowly escaped serious injury or possibly death, but this isn’t the first time it’s happened to him.
While working at UNCW, Alphin had a 950-pound hydraulic lift fall on him and he managed to walk away from that accident with just a torn rotator cuff.
More devastating news came the following week when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Now healthy and cancer free, Alphin said the two things that helped him through those tough times are his faith and his family.
Many things in his house were ruined or damaged, but Alphin said those can be replaced.