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Family of 4 Saved by Concrete “Safe Room” as Deadly Tornado Demolishes Mississippi Town

The fateful move likely saved the entire family’s life.

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(TMU) — As a fierce tornado was bearing down on the Mississippi home of Andrew Phillips, he urgently told his wife and two children that they should seek refuge inside a so-called “safe room” made entirely from concrete blocks.

The fateful move likely saved the entire family’s life, as the tornado destroyed the entire home—literally leaving only the concrete room intact.

The cinder-block structure, which was about the size of closet, was left standing and entirely shielded Phillips, his wife Amber, and his two children—aged two and six months—from any injury.

The family had been watching an online Easter Sunday church service as the weather around their rural town in Moss, Mississippi, began to grow more volatile, Daily Mail reported.

It was at that point that Phillips, a volunteer firefighter, had the life-saving foresight to begin tracking the weather online and tune into a live fire radio broadcast.

As the twister began to approach, Phillips rushed his family to the safe room. He then quickly ducked outside where he witnessed the approaching funnel cloud, after which he retrieved as many bedroom pillows as he could before joining his family and shielding them with his body.

Within a brief moment, the house was entirely ripped asunder.

Philips said:

“I was in there about 20 seconds when it hit  … The house is gone, everything but the safe room.”

When they finally emerged unscathed from the concrete room, they witnessed their home reduced to piles of debris strewn across the lot where it once stood.

Likewise, neighboring structures including a meat processing business on the same block were also ripped down to their foundations.

Phillips told the Associated Press that one of the main reasons why they purchased the home only weeks prior was because it had the safe room.

Phillips added:

“I’m just going to let the insurance handle it and trust in the good Lord.”

The deadly tornadoes that ripped across at least six states in the U.S. south claimed about 34 lives as of Tuesday.

According to the National Weather Service, preliminary estimates count at least 27 twister across the region—the strongest of which was an EF-4 that cut a devastating swathe across southeastern Mississippi with winds reaching a staggering 170 miles (273 km) per hour.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged or utterly destroyed while flooding caused by heavy rain also left a trail of destruction across parts of the region.

Following the catastrophe, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeve declared a state of emergency. On Monday, he stated:

“This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday.

As we reflect on the death and resurrection on this Easter Sunday, we have faith that we will all rise together.

To the people of Mississippi, know that you are not alone. The state and our first responders are working around the clock and will not rest until this is over. We are mobilizing all resources available to protect our people and their property.”

The recovery efforts have been complicated by partial shutdowns in the region and social distancing guidelines meant to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

By Elias Marat | Creative Commons | TheMindUnleashed.com

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Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces

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Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.

And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.

The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.

The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.

At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.

When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.

Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.

The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.

The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.

“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.

“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.

His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.

Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.

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Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber

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An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.

In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.

“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”

As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.

Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.

“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.

Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.

So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.

“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”

As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.

Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.

“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”

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Binx the Cat, Who Survived Florida Condo Collapse, Found and Reunited With Family

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Amid the tragedy of last month’s collapse of a South Florida condo building, there was a tiny bit of good news when a cat named Binx, who lived on the ninth floor of the Surfside building, was found safe and returned to his family.

“I’m glad that this small miracle could bring some light into the lives of a hurting family today and provide a bright spot for our whole community in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in a Friday press conference, reports NPR.

Levine Cava explained that a volunteer who feeds street cats in the area recognized the cat near the building before bringing him to an animal shelter, where it was then identified.

Gina Nicole Vlasek, the co-founder of the The Kitty Campus rescue group, posted on Facebook that a black cat had been found near the rubble of the group before it was brought to the shelter on Thursday night.

“We are so grateful to be able to help in any small way,” Vlasek said.

“All we needed was a ray of hope in this tragedy,” she continued. “Today was one of the most amazing days.. one of the survivors came to see the cat and to determine if it was her families cat and IT WAS!”

The mayor said that animal control workers are continuing to work to recover any pets that may have survived the horrible collapse.

The 12-story Surfside condo collapsed on June 24. At least 79 people have been confirmed dead, with 61 additional residents remaining unaccounted for.

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