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Breakaway College Girl

by Ali Postle, of Stronghurst, finished first college year at Northern Illinois University -DeKalb; 2012 West Central Graduate, attending SE Community College, engaged to Kevin Burgus of Stronghurst who is in the U.S. Marines.

Hello Readers! How is everyone? Good I hope since Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies?

Now I sure have a lot to be thankful for, but my experience on Sunday really had me thanking the Lord he was watching over me.

I had spent the weekend in Champaign with Drew, my brother. We had so much fun with going to two volleyball games a football game! I had such a great time. When i got ready to leave Sunday morning mom called me and said that I could possibly be driving through storms so to be extra careful. I finished my breakfast and headed on my way at about 11.

I got about 40 miles when i noticed the sky was getting increasingly darker.

I turned on the radio and it said that a tornado had touched down in the following counties. I had absolutely no clue what county I was in and really started to panic! The radio then said the storm was headed for Bloomington on Interstate 74 between the following mile markers. I passed a mile marker and realized that the storm was heading straight for me!

I called my mom in a panic as it began to rain and hail so hard that I could not see in front of me. She told me to pull of at the Cracker Barrel in Bloomington that we had eaten at before on our trips to Champaign. Luckily I remembered how to get there and I got inside safely.

I kept talking to my mom on the phone as I watched the storm get worse. Then they started shouting, “Get in the bathrooms, Everyone HURRY!”. My eyes started to tear up as I told my mom I had to go, we were taking shelter. I could hear the panic in her voice as she tried to reassure me that I was going to be okay. We huddled in the restroom for about ten minutes until the storm passed. Luckily there was no damage to my car and I made it through that moment safely.

It was definitely one of the scariest moments of my life. If I would have left Champaign just a hour earlier I would have been caught in the worst of it. God was definitely watching over me.

We all need to take a moment to be thankful that we did not get the worst of that storm. People in the Washington, Il and the Peoria area were not so lucky. They lost everything, and some of them even lost their lives.

Take a moment to say a prayer for these people that they may recover from this disaster quickly.