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During a brutal storm, a tornado leveled a Texas church but left the 45 members inside miraculously unharmed.
Several twisters swept through Arkansas, Missouri and Texas on Saturday, leaving dozens of homes destroyed across the region and at least six people dead as of Sunday.
Such a tornado ripped through Emory, Texas, a town outside of Dallas, on Saturday night and wiped out St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with nearly 45 people inside.
In what church members are describing as a miracle, 'not a scratch' was left on anyone as they took shelter in a hallway from the storm that tore the roof off their sanctuary.
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A tornado ripped through Emory, Texas, on Saturday night and wiped out St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (pictured). Nearly 45 people were inside and none were hurt
The churchgoers took refuge in a hallway and were left untouched in the storm that ripped off the building's roof. Pictured: The view from the hallway where people took shelter
Homes in Emory were severely damaged after a tornado hit (pictured)
Parishioners were gathered at St. John's for a service honoring high school graduates when they were informed to take cover from the incoming tornado, CNN reported.
Instead of leaving the building, almost 50 people crammed into a hallway when the storm hit and only left the hallway standing.
Peyton Low, the director of public affairs for the Diocese of Tyler, told CNN: 'The tornado was a direct hit. Both ends of the building were blown out.'
The Diocese of Tyler posted on Facebook: 'By the grace of God and the protection of Our Lady, no one was injured.'
Monica Hughes was there that night and shared a photo of the hallway that was left standing on Saturday night. She wrote: 'God is good. Grateful. So very grateful. House has a tree in it. Boat was tossed.
'We were at church with 40+ people. Got everyone into the hallway just as it hit. Church is gone. Only thing left standing is the hallway we were in. Not a scratch on anyone.'
Service was held on Sunday morning outside the church as people gathered for mass and to give thanks for the people who survived.
Parishioners were gathered at St. John's for a service honoring high school graduates when they were informed to take cover from the incoming tornado
Several twisters swept through Arkansas, Missouri and Texas on Saturday, leaving dozens of homes destroyed and at least six people dead as of Sunday
At least four people were killed in Texas after tornadoes left a trail of overturned vehicles and mangled trees
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