One minute they are thriving towns, home to thousands, the next second they are gone. Disappeared.
Tornadoes are battering the midwest with reports of nearly three dozen tornadoes causing damage across five states and prompting urgent warnings to take cover across the region.
The outbreak of twisters, unusual for this time of year, has killed at least 36 and affected 17 million people from Texas to Indiana to North Carolina.
And yet, there are small pockets of grace among the devastation. A baby girl discovered in an Indiana field last night is in critical condition in the hospital.
As Yahoo reports, police are trying to figure how the child wound up in the field alone, since her family lives about 10 miles south of where the she was discovered. The nearest town, Marysville, is described as “completely gone”
Can you imagine? Is it possible that a tornado carried her that far? And that she’s alive?
The family has been identified but it has not been revealed whether they are alive.
Another miracle? Several students on school buses near that town of Marysville saw the tornado approaching and returned to school. 11 children made it into a school building just before the bus was thrown into another building. Several other empty school buses were tossed around like matchsticks. Glenn Riggs, principal of Henrysville Elementary laid on the floor with about 40 students.
“There was like a decompression,” Riggs said. “It felt almost like your skin was going to be peeled off your face and your ears popped. And of course people were a little upset — some of the children were upset.”
“It was just crash, bang, break …” he said about what it was like when the twister struck. “We knew the school was going up around us, and then the ceilings began to fall apart, and it was like a dust in there for probably about a minute. And then it did stop.”
Another school bus driver pulled over and asked a stranger to let the children into her home
“We got on the buses, we started heading to my house and the tornado was following us,” one student said. “Luckily this woman was so generous to let us stay in her basement.”
The schools are nearly gone, but no injuries to either students or staff were reported.
In Indiana, a toddler was found alone in a field in Salem. According to CNN, Nobody knew who the blonde haired, blue-eyed 1-year-old is or how she ended up alone in an Indiana field, they just knew she needed help. And help her they did.
The 20-month-old was intubated, with a tube inserted into her throat to help her breathe and then flown to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville. She is in critical condition. Since she was found someone identified her and her family has been contacted and has gone to the hospital.
Small acts of grace, amid the devastation.