Teen keeps playing Fortnite as tornado rips through town
A powerful EF2 tornado ripped through Greensboro, North Carolina, on Sunday night — unleashing 135 mph winds and causing at least one death.
But that didn’t stop young Anton Williams from finishing his game of Fortnite.
“I was sitting at home and I was playing [the video game],” he explained.
“All of sudden, I hear a bunch of noise and I look out the window and I started seeing the roof come off the houses in front of me.”
Speaking to WXII on Monday, Williams recalled how he helped his sister and nephew find cover during the storm — and then went right back to playing his online match of “Fortnite: Battle Royale.”
“I sit back down because I only have a couple people left in my game,” he said. “I was going to try to finish the game, but then it started getting worse and I started to see the power lines come down.”
Asked what was going through his mind at the time, Williams said: “Honestly, I was thinking about the game, but I was hoping everybody was OK around me.”
The young man told WXII that he eventually ended the round, though, and hunkered down with his relatives. He said that nobody in his neighborhood appeared to be hurt.
“When I cam outside, to check on my neighbors, they said everything was fine,” Williams added.
A state of emergency was later declared in Greensboro as a result of the tornado’s widespread damage. At least one storm-related fatality was reported in the city, but it’s unclear how the person died.