As a tornado was destroying the Walmart in Joplin, Mo., Casie Harding "briefly glanced over and saw some young girls gripping each other and telling God that they loved Him."
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JOPLIN, Mo. (BP)--Despite violent weeping and people fervently pleading to God all around her, Casie Harding clearly heard the announcement everyone dreaded, "It's in the parking lot!"
Immediately, Harding and her husband Burton as well as everyone else crammed into the back of the Walmart in Joplin, Mo., hit the floor. Harding stayed in a fetal position with her husband over top her and a shopping cart over him.
"The tornado was like a monster coming for us.... It even sounded like some kind of horrible monster and though we tried the best we could, there was nowhere to hide," she recounted.
Harding kept her eyes closed while the EF-5 tornado flattened the store. She imagined that the next time she opened her eyes she would be encircled in the arms of Jesus.
"It lasted a long time, and all I kept saying was, 'In Jesus' name, Lord, protect us. In Jesus' name, Lord, protect us.'"
At one point while the massive tornado lingered over them, her husband looked up at it. He later told Harding that it looked like they were underwater, the ceiling shifting like waves of the sea.
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