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*THE GUARDIAN*

Van Coleman

Ashland, United States

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THE GUARDIAN
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Storms were building up all around me on I64 just outside of Winchester, Kentucky, on July 20, 2006. The winds began to pick up as the storm clouds rolled into the area and surrounding counties. I knew something bad was brewing with the weather, and severe thunderstorms seemed imminent.

Driving on the interstate, heading towards home in northeast Ky., I looked straight ahead and there was this huge, magnificent cloud ahead of me. For a brief second I thought I saw what looked like “AN ANGEL” riding on top of this cloud, although I knew it was either only another cloud or part of this same, huge cloud I was now facing.
So I quickly grabbed my camera on the seat beside me and took this picture, and since have named it “THE GUARDIAN,” for several good reasons.

The very next day, July 21, 2006, we had a Severe weather outbreak. The Storms Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma, issued a “PDS,” which is a “PARTICULAR DANGEROUS SITUATION,” for several states, including mine (Kentucky).
A total of 285 storm reports came through; 31 hail, 251 high winds, and 1 tornado. Power lines and large trees were down, many of them across entire counties.

Thankfully there were no injuries or deaths reported! The one lone tornado report came from a trained spotter, who observed the twister in an open field 1 mile southwest of Hoyleton, Illinois.
I remembered then taking this particular picture, and said my blessings, for surely there was a “guardian” or an “angel” watching over all of us!!

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