By Kyle James  |  08-28-2017   News
Photo credit: Eric Gay | AP

Sam Speights is a Rockport, Texas man who's life was nearly claimed by Hurricane Harvey. Speights takes medication for extreme anxiety and panic attacks compounding the traumatic nature of his experience. Hurricane Harvey carved a path straight to Speights' home and he found himself inadvertently wandering around in the eye of the hurricane. Speights was visibly shaken when described the ordeal to Associated Press, "You don’t see the flying debris until it’s right in front of you. You can’t see it coming."

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Hurricane Harvey made its grand entrance right at Speights coastal hometown of Rockport, Texas. Emergency efforts are underway to save any other victims where the storm made landfall. Authorities consider it a miracle that only one life has been claimed in the area as of Sunday. Speights ordeal began when he could not find a ride to evacuate him since he does not have a car. He decided to hunker down with his six dogs, one husky and five rat terriers. Speights tried to weather the storm inside his three-bedroom lime green trailer.

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Speights wife and 15-year-old son evacuated early with the rest of Ruby Allen Street where his trailer home is located just miles from the Gulf of Mexico. When the storm hit, Speights was in his living room with his dogs when the roof was blown off of his son's room. "I was sitting on my couch and it bounced up and down twice. That’s when I decided it was time to get out", Speights said. He gathered up his courage and went outside with his biggest dog, the husky. Flood waters rolled past him in the pitch dark, "I almost drowned in that creek," he said, "I was worried about a big wave coming and dragging me out to sea."

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Speights saw his landlords abandoned pickup and that is where he decided to ride out the storm. He sat in the locked vehicle as debris pounded relentlessly on the window. The next day he rode a bicycle three miles to town where he was able to procure supplies. His home is in ruin and even as of now he has no idea what he will do or where he will go.

Source: https://apnews.com/45ad9a84d3484784b448dbc18e071207/Sam-Speights%27-desperate-effort-to-stay-alive-during-Harvey

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