Powerful Storms Pound Several Central States

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More violent weather pounded the middle of the country Wednesday as powerful storms swept through several states, killing at least 15 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Meanwhile, in Joplin, Mo. -- the city hardest hit by a massive EF-5 tornado on Sunday -- the number of the dead keeps rising. Officials say 125 people were killed by the storm.

Tornado after tornado plowed through the nation's Midwest, like one southwest of Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma twister was caught on video tearing up Jeremiah Morrison's truck. He was in the cab when the funnel hit and believes he was miraculously saved.

"I closed my eyes, pulled my hands over my face. I felt bouncing around in the cab. Pretty sure I went out the passenger side window and landed on the ground," Morrison said.

"After seeing the video, somebody was dang sure keeping me alive, I guess," he added.

In Arkansas, at least four people died when a tornado struck with little advanced warning.

A tornado in Kansas lifted Dan Goff's truck like a plastic bag blowing in the wind.

"It felt like I was in a sardine can just being crushed," he said.

A state trooper witnessed the frightening incident.

"I'm not sure what happened," Goff said he told the trooper.

"I am," the trooper replied. "I watched it. A tornado just flipped your truck over."

"Well, that's what it felt like," Goff said.

Meanwhile in Joplin, four days after a half mile-wide funnel cloud touched down and wiped out most of the small southwestern Missouri city, the search continues for survivors and any items still salvageable.

Residents are trying to focus on the positive.

"You know, it was just a miracle that I came through this, my son and I. My son pushed me in the bathroom hallway and laid on top of me, and then I heard the windows busting and a lot of the wind just moving us back and forth," Anita Stokes said.

CBN's Operation Blessing International is in Joplin, helping residents with basic needs and starting the rebuilding process.   

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