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Tara Mitchell: Surviving the Storm

Tara and her son thought they would be safe from the storm when the sought refuge in a fast food restaurant. Instead, they were moments away from a direct hit. Read Transcript


Reporter: TARA MITCHELL

IS A RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER

FROM CLINTON, MISSISSIPPI,

WHO ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE HAD A

GOOD GRASP ON SCIENCE AND

WEATHER PATTERNS.

SO IT SEEMED ALMOST ROUTINE

WHEN SHE AND HER SON MAX

STOPPED AT WENDY'S FAST

FOOD RESTAURANT TO WAIT OUT

ANOTHER STORM.

WE WERE LOOKING OUT THE

WINDOWS, AND WE NOTICED THAT

THE RAIN STOPPED AND IT GOT

REALLY DARK.

WE WERE LOOKING AT THE

CLOUDS, AND WE STARTED TO

NOTICE THAT THE CLOUDS

STARTED TO ROTATE BACK.

IT WAS LIKE THE WIND WAS

BLOWING THEM PAST, AND THEN

THEY STARTED TO COME BACK.

Reporter: SO TARA, MAX,

AND ALL OF THE OTHER GUESTS,

MADE THEIR WAY TO THE

RESTROOM TO TAKE SHELTER.

AS SOON AS WE CLOSED THE

DOOR, THE LIGHTS WENT OUT.

AND THEN THERE WAS A SOUND.

IT SOUNDED LIKE A CANNON.

THE NEXT THING THAT HAPPENED

WAS THE GROUND STARTED TO

SHAKE, LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE.

IN MY MIND -- MY TEACHER

MIND -- I'M THINKING, THIS

IS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN.

I'M SUPPOSED TO HEAR A

ROARING OR FEEL WIND OR

PRECIOUS.

THIS IS LIKE AN EARTHQUAKE.

Reporter: BY NOW,

PEOPLE WERE CRYING AND

TRYING TO CALL OUT TO THEIR

FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

I JUST THOUGHT, WHAT CAN

I DO.

THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING

I CAN DO.

SO I JUST THOUGHT PRAY AND

JUST THANK GOD FOR WHAT HE

HASN'T DONE YET.

I JUST BEGAN TO THANK HIM

FOR HIS PROTECTION.

THAT HE CREATED THE STORM

AND GOD WAS IN CONTROL OF

THE STORM.

YOU KNOW, IF IT WAS HIS

WILL, IT COULD PASS.

I KNEW HE PROMISED HIN HIS

WORD, IT WAS NOT HIS WILL,

IT WAS NOT GOD'S WILL THAT

ANYONE SHOULD PERISH, AND

GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO CALL

UPON THE LORD.

AND IT WAS OVER RIGHT AFTER

I SAID THAT.

THE BRICK WALL TO THE

GLASS WINDOWS TO THE RIGHT

OF THE RESTAURANT -- IT WAS

TOTALLY GONE.

CHAIRS AND TABLES, SOME OF

THEM WERE MISSING.

THE COUNTER, WHERE YOU STAND

AND PLACE YOUR ORDER, WAS

NOT EVEN IN THE RESTAURANT.

THE CEILING TILES IN THE

RESTAURANT -- THE ONES THAT

WERE NOT MISSING WERE

HANGING, SO THAT YOU COULD

SEE THE SKY.

AND THERE WAS GLASS

EVERYWHERE.

Reporter: WEATHER

OFFICIALS LATER REPORTED

THAT THE TORNADO ON

APRIL 24th, 2010, WAS ON

THE GROUND FOR 149 MILES.

IT LASTED NEARLY THREE HOURS

AND REACHED A MAXIMUM WIDTH

OF 1.75 MILES.

IT REMINDS YOU OF CA OF

KATRINA.

THERE ARE FATALITIES FROM

THIS STORM.

A LOT OF PEOPLE

UNACCOUNTED FOR RIGHT NOW.

Reporter: BUT THE

TORNADO HAD NOT HOMERED A

SINGLE -- HAD NOT HARMED A

SINGLE PERSON AT WENDY'S.

WHEN I TURNED BACK AND

LOOKED AT THE RESTROOM, THE

RESTROOM WAS PERFECT.

THERE WERE NO CEILING CRACKS

OUT OF THE PLACE.

THE DOORS WERE STILL ON THE

HINGES AND OPENED AND CLOSED

FINE.

THERE WAS NO WAY ANYBODY

COULD SURVIVE THIS AND WALK

AWAY WITHOUT EVEN A SCRATCH,

AND WE DID.

THAT'S OUR GOD.

HE MAKES A WAY WHERE YOU

THINK NONE IS POSSIBLE.

NO MATTER WHAT SITUATION

YOU'RE IN, HE HEARS YOU, HE

SEES YOU, AND HE IS STANDING

THERE READY.

HE IS STANDING THERE READY

TO CUP YOU IN HIS HANDS,

JUST LIKE HE DID ALL OF US.

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