At the crack of dawn, while in REM sleep, I thought I was dreaming when I heard 3 intensely loud alarm sounds. Upon awakening, I thought “was that a dream?” Then—there was a knock at my door, followed by a calm, yet concerned voice:
“We’re under a tornado warning.”
I currently live right on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, just a few blocks from the beach. While we do get an occasional water spout, rarely coming ashore, we generally don’t get the threat of tornadoes on the immediate coast.
This morning was an exception.
Fourteen people have been killed this past week in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas. At least 40 people across six Mississippi counties were injured in the unseasonal storm.
When the media interviewed some of the residence, I kept hearing people say:
“Thank you Jesus, praise the lord. God protected us from the storm.”
As you probably already know, Texas was also hit hard.
So, I was stunned when I heard this on NPR (National Public Radio):
Listen at around the 1:30 minute marker.
Quoting from a Texas Christian claiming to have diverted the powerful tornado to another neighborhood:
“We actually went outside and started commanding the winds, because God had given us authority over the winds, the airways. And we just began to command this storm not to hit our area. We spoke to the storm and said, ‘Go to unpopulated places.’ It did exactly what we said to do, because God gave us the authority to do that.”
No, it didn’t go to unpopulated places. It rampaged through a Dallas area community, killing 11 people and destroying more than 1,000 homes and businesses. With wind speeds up to 180 mph, the tornado swept through another nearby community killing 8 more people while destroying another 600 homes and businesses.