PADUCAH, Ky. — Approximately 40 preschoolers and 10 adults were unharmed as they took refuge inside the safe room at their church while a tornado ripped through Paducah, Kentucky on Thursday.
“There were probably 50 of us total that didn’t even have a scratch, so I mean nobody can give any credit to that except God,” Michelle Rushing, preschool director at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, told local television station WPSD.
According to reports, the EF-2 tornado touched down at just before 9:30 a.m., affecting an estimated five miles stretch in McCracken County.
Rushing, becoming aware of the impending twister, hurried the children into the innermost room, according to the storm plan. Baptist Press reports that the children sang songs such as “Jesus Loves Me” and “He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands” as the tornado raged.
“We were singing with the kids. We just blocked out anything else that was going on and was occupied with making sure the kids were safe,” volunteer Toni Mathis told WPSD.
“My ears popped, and I knew this was it,” also recalled teacher Lauren Haneline. “But there was so much peace and a calming in that room. I’ve never felt God’s hands on me like I felt that day. I knew we were going to be okay.”
While the church was severely damaged, the room where the children were gathered was not touched. Photographs and video footage show the roof ripped off one wing of the building, an airbound
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