FedEx driver survives direct tornado hit by hiding behind vending machine

Thought Tom Hanks was the luckiest-ever FedEx employee? Think again. Her name is Kyra Johnson, and she survived a direct hit by a tornado in Paincourtville, Louisiana.

    2016/03/01

NSFW    PAINCOURTVILLE, LOUISIANA — Thought Tom Hanks was the luckiest-ever FedEx employee? Think again. Her name is Kyra Johnson, and she survived a direct hit by a massive tornado. Shortly after 3 p.m. on February 23, 2016, Johnson tried to escape an approaching twister.

Leaving her vehicle, she desperately ran toward local resident David Sagona's Sagona's True Value Hardware Store in Paincourtville. The store was locked up, and after tugging on the doors for a second or two, Johnson disappears off screen. Moments later, the entire building is ripped to shreds. Johnson survived by wedging herself between a wall and a vending machine, which provided just enough cover to spare her a grisly fate.

Forty-five homes were wiped off the map while 22 other buildings were seriously damaged. Kyra Johnson told the media, "I braced myself between the Coke machine and the wall and I just know it saved me. Jesus saved me," she said, recounting how she prayed that God would spare her life as the winds howled around her.

Pretty much every Facebooker commenting on the story attributes Kyra's survival to divine intervention. And looking at images of a town essentially levelled, it's hard not to wonder if someone was indeed looking out for Ms Johnson.
Forty-five homes were wiped off the map while 22 other buildings were seriously damaged in the area after a tornado hit on February 23, 2016. The storm was one of more than 50 that hit the Gulf Coast and east coast in late February, killing seven and injuring dozens. FACEBOOK / DAVID SAGONA
Forty-five homes were wiped off the map while 22 other buildings were seriously damaged in the area after a tornado hit on February 23, 2016. The storm was one of more than 50 that hit the Gulf Coast and east coast in late February, killing seven and injuring dozens. FACEBOOK / DAVID SAGONA
Leaving her vehicle, FedEx driver Kyra Johnson desperately ran toward Sagona's True Value Hardware Store in Paincourtville. The store was locked up, and after tugging on the doors for a second or two, Johnson disappears off screen. Moments later, the entire building is ripped to shreds. FACEBOOK / DAVID SAGONA
Leaving her vehicle, FedEx driver Kyra Johnson desperately ran toward Sagona's True Value Hardware Store in Paincourtville. The store was locked up, and after tugging on the doors for a second or two, Johnson disappears off screen. Moments later, the entire building is ripped to shreds. FACEBOOK / DAVID SAGONA
Johnson survived by wedging herself between a wall and a vending machine, which provided just enough cover to spare her a grisly fate. FACEBOOK / KYRA JOHNSON
Johnson survived by wedging herself between a wall and a vending machine, which provided just enough cover to spare her a grisly fate. FACEBOOK / KYRA JOHNSON
Kyra Johnson told the media,
Kyra Johnson told the media, "I braced myself between the Coke machine and the wall and I just know it saved me. Jesus saved me," she said, recounting how she prayed that God would spare her life as the winds howled around her. FACEBOOK / DAVID SAGONA
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