Babies survive freak tornado which ripped bathtub from home with them inside


The bathtub landed in the garden with the babies miraculously unharmed inside (Picture: WFIE/ CNN/CNN Newsource)

Two babies miraculously survived after a bathtub they were sheltering in was ripped from their home by a tornado.

Grandmother Clara Lutz put 15-month-old Kaden and three-month-old Dallas in the bath with a blanket, a pillow and a Bible as storms lashed US state Kentucky earlier this month.

Suddenly, her home in Hopkins County started to shake, and Ms Lutz said: ‘Next thing I knew, the tub had lifted and it was out of my hands. I couldn’t hold on. I just — oh my God.’

The bath was blown out of her home, which was stripped to its foundations, with the children still inside it.

Ms Lutz, who was hit on the head by a water tank in the storm, said she looked everywhere among the wreckage for the youngsters.

‘All I could say was, “Lord please bring my babies back safely. Please, I beg thee”,’ she told WFIE TV.

3-month-old Dallas and 15-month-old Kaden with their parents (Picture: WFIE, CNN/CNN Newsource)

Police later reunited her with the pair after finding the bath upside down in her garden, with the babies sheltering underneath it.

Dallas suffered a bump to the head and was taken to hospital for treatment but has since recovered.

Ms Lutz said the children’s parents live at the north end of the county and their home was virtually untouched by the tornado.

At least 90 people died after more than 40 tornadoes pummelled several US states the weekend before last.

Over 300 people in Kentucky, as well as in Arkansas and Tennessee, were being housed in Red Cross shelters.

Hundreds more were placed temporarily in resorts at area state parks, Kentucky Red Cross Chief Executive Steve Cunanan said.

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