40 children sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ as tornado ripped roof off church, all survived

Leonardo BlairMar 22, 2019 01:47 PM EDT
The tornado-ravaged Mt. Zion Baptist Church in McCracken County, Ky. | Photo: Facebook

Members of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in McCracken County, Kentucky, are thanking God after 40 preschoolers and 10 staff members escaped from their building unharmed after a tornado ripped the roof off their church. 

A powerful EF2 tornado with wind speeds of up to 135 mph wreaked havoc on their community and ripped the roof off the church as the children sang spiritual songs inside last Thursday.

"God was definitely with us," preschool director Michelle Rushing told news station WPSD. "The secretary and I walked through the doors just as we heard our glass breaking and felt the suction sucking the roof off."

The Associated Press reported that a state of emergency was declared in the western Kentucky county where the tornado spread damage around a 5-square-mile area, knocking down power lines and covering roadways in debris. At least one injury was reported by emergency officials.

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