'Cross of Jesus' only thing left standing after Dallas tornado destroyed church

"Here an F-3 tornado ripped off our roof, yet here's this wooden cross."

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October 24, 2019 - 8:43 am

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(KFTK/AP) - The tornado that ripped through Dallas over the weekend destroyed nearly everything in its path, at least one thing managed to make it out unscathed – and now it's providing hope to those who were affected by the disaster.

A large cross that used to sit atop the Northway Church in Northwest Dallas has been discovered on the ground, standing upright and undamaged, as if someone had planted it there. A photo of the cross, posted online by the church's lead pastor, Shea Sumlin, has gone viral.

"Here an F-3 tornado ripped off our roof, yet here's this wooden cross," Sumlin says. "I have no idea how it didn't get picked up. Even though our building is broken, our body is as whole and alive as we've ever been."

On Wednesday nigh the church hosted a praryer service at another chuch to bring the congregation together for the first time since the tornado hit. 

The National Weather Service said the tornado that ripped through north Dallas was an EF3, which has a maximum wind speed of 140 mph (225 kph). The agency said another tornado in the suburb of Rowlett was EF1, with maximum wind speeds of 100 mph (160 kph).

The late-night storms spawned tornadoes in several states, killing at least four people in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Storm Prediction Center said severe thunderstorms could continue through Monday night along the Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, with damaging winds and a couple of tornadoes possible.

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