Eureka resident after tornado: ‘I thought I was a goner’


There were definitely some tense moments for residents in Eureka Tuesday night, especially for one man after his home was destroyed by the EF-3 tornado that touched down in the small town. 

For life-long resident Carson Marlar, everything is just starting to sink in.

“I’ve never seen a tornado before in my life, I’m 40 years old and never seen one,” said Carson Marlar. “I thought the house was coming down on top of me, I thought I was a goner.”

Marlar said one minute he was outside watching the storm roll in, and the next thing he knew, he was taking cover inside of his home. 

“I just ran right here and I couldn’t go anymore and it just like pushed me to the ground right here,” explained Marlar. “I just looked up and seen that wall just go, and I thought my friend Toby got sucked out the wall there and at that time I just put my hands over my head and stuff is hitting me.”

While Marlar says it seemed like the storm lasted for an eternity, he says it passed through in a matter of minutes. 

“I can’t believe I rode it out just standing right there,” said Marlar. 

Marlar spent the day walking through his home, finding his roof torn off and scattered in the backyard to belongings tossed around everywhere. 

Even though his home is in ruins, Marlar remains positive. 

“Get what I can out of the rubble, and move on, I’m here, I’m alive, that’s the main thing.”

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