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On April 16th, what started off as a normal day would turn into something completely different not only for me but the entire Shaw family. My day started with a meeting with our sorority graduate chapter at the graduate house only minutes from school. What I thought would be a rather long meeting, turned into a short gathering with a rush for all members to leave and get to their home safely before the storm. Like many young students, my sisters and I did not take the tornado warning as serious as we later found out we should.

We returned to the school thinking we would have a movie day while the weather was nasty outside, but needless to say the movie never came close to the DVD player. As soon as everyone assembled in my room for our movie day, we were told to hurry to the stairwell to get away from all windows. Of course taking our time to get to our destination, we were put in a panic when the lights turned off and the dorm became completely dark. We then knew that this was more serious than we thought.

As we rushed to exit my room we saw something that I will never forget. Two doors down from my room was a window that only a few minutes later would turn into pieces of glass. My sisters and I looked at the window as we saw the tornado right before us making the glass shake. In a panic we ran to the bathroom and entered a stall to take cover, only seconds later to hear the crash of the window. Thankful to have made it to safety in time emotions began to evolve. Other girls in our dorm began to enter the bathroom all in a panic and unsure what to do, or what was next.

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