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Tornado Kills Four, Bible Is Untouched, People Amazed

| by Michael Allen

A tornado with winds over 136 mph killed four people on Jan. 21 in southern Mississippi, but left a Bible untouched, which some are calling "remarkable."

The people killed in the tornado's 25-mile path included Earnest Perkins, Cleveland Madison, David Wayne McCoy and Simona Cox, notes The Associated Press.

Madison, the 20-year-old son of Monica McCarty, was crushed to death at his grandmother's house.

"They couldn't get him out of the house," McCarty recalled. "They said he was lying in the bed."

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It is reported that 58-year-old Perkins was McCarty's dad. He died in the same trailer park where Monica lives in Hattiesburg.

William Carey University, also in Hattiesburg, sent students home after the tornado. University spokeswoman Mia Overton said the school hopes to use space at the University of Southern Mississippi or at Pearl River Community College to conduct classes during repairs.

Tegan Sager, a freshman, recalled huddling with about 20 other students in a hallway where they tried to protect their heads with their hands.

"That's when the panels from the roof were falling in," Sager said. "Girls were screaming and a person next to me got cut on the leg."

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While students were injured at William Carey, a Bible remained untouched, creating great wonder and amazement, notes CNN.

Workers at the private Christian college found the unharmed Bible on the pulpit of the campus church while going through the tornado damage.

The staffers said the Bible was open to Psalm 46, which read: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Rick Wilemon, an adjunct art instructor who took pictures of the Bible, told CNN: "No building was left untouched. So many appear to be total losses. It is remarkable that something so inspiring to our community is also inspiring to the nation."

Wileman posted the pictures on his Facebook page on Jan. 23 and included a note: "By now you may heard about the Bible in Bass Chapel at William Carey University. The massive stained glass window was taken away by the tornado but the Bible remained, safe in it's place opened to Psalm 46. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." We are #SaderStrong."

Sources: AP via Fox News, CNN, Rick Wilemon/Facebook / Photo credit: Rick Wilemon/Facebook

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