With 36 confirmed dead and many more still missing, the swarm of tornadoes that hit the midwest and south in the last two days has also resulted in billions of dollars in damage.
But one woman escaped with her life and her home intact as one of the biggest tornado clouds ever seen bore down on her and a friend while they huddled for safety.
In stunning video seen on CNN, the woman is heard praying the tornado away.
"Take it away from us, Jesus," she says. "Take it away from our house."
She and has friend who was filming the storm near West Liberty, Kentucky survived, reported CNN.
There are 13 known fatalities in Kentucky and 19 in hardest-hit Indiana.
Most tornadoes are forecast throughout the weekend.