Rodey Kirby, a production worker, was among those who didn’t know if he'd still have a job in the coming days. He was working Wednesday when the lights started flickering, and Stephenson told him and others to run. They took cover in a restroom, and Kirby and two colleagues kneeled and started praying. He heard the unmistakable roar of a tornado; he looked up and saw the ceiling tiles vanish.
‘‘I'd see daylight and no daylight; daylight and no daylight. And then it seemed like it took forever, but then it was over,’’ Kirby said.
‘‘I looked around and everybody was there. And I'm glad (God) heard our prayers because that’s the only thing I could do with it, just hold on and pray.’’
Associated Press writers Phillip Lucas in Atlanta and Matthew Barakat in Laurel, Md., contributed to this report.