June 13, 2007
I went to morning intercession and told the pastor and the intercessors about the dream. I told
them that I never get dreams about tornado with people I know in them unless the tornado is
going to the place that the people that I know are located. We prayed for the Lord to cover the
McAllen area with divine protection.
Christine, one of the other intercessors, told the pastor that she also had a dream about being in
I instructed them to take local tornado warnings seriously until this thing passes because people
in McAllen are accustomed to warnings which rarely produce tornadoes. The last tornado on
record prior to this event was four years prior.
Sudden Storm with many Tornadoes:
I was with Candis and some other girl when she said, Look at that black sky just roll in. A
moment ago the sky was completely blue. I mean, it was completely blue and suddenly this
sky was scary looking and a completely black carpet of ugly looking clouds.
We pulled over and were going to stay where we were but I said maybe we can make it my
house. I was going to get in the car and drive but when we looked again, there were tornadoes
on the ground. More than one, more than two, many. Then I said, That's what the sky looked
my dream! This place has a basement maybe we'd better stay here.
As we were going into the house, I said, Grab some food and water before you go down and get
something to put over your body to protect it from projectiles.
We ran down to the basement and I said, "Wow. I had a dream that a tornado was going right
over my head maybe it was this."
I was completely without fear in the situation.
Amazingly, I was completely without fear when this happened - just as the dream foretold.
Remarkably, this was the first tornado to pass through McAllen in four years but came very timely
after the Lord spoke this thing in a dream and intercession was made for the area.
Our miracle: NO INJURIES!!! Glory to God!
July 16, 2007
STORY McALLEN — The sky opened up just after 7 a.m. Monday.
Pea-sized hail peppered roofs; rain came down in sheets and wind roared so loud people
wondered if their houses would hold together.
“It sounded like thunder, but it just wouldn’t stop rumbling,” recounted Sylvia Hinojosa, a local
nurse who heard the storm.
The National Weather Service in Brownsville verified Monday that a low-grade tornado swept
through central McAllen about 7 a.m., touching down at 23rd Street and Expressway 83 and
continuing half a mile northeast before dissipating.
Along Bicentennial Boulevard, high winds left a distinct line of buckled roofs, fallen trees and
bent over stop signs which wound across a two-block area south of Business 83, sparing most
buildings but wreaking havoc on others. Only a few blocks away the front façade of a classic car
shop was torn clean off, but the surrounding buildings were untouched, as were the cars in the
shop’s parking lot.
“I was watching from my apartment. The winds were swirling around, and I could hear the noise,
very loud. And there was lightning,” Miguel Angel Meguila, 24, said in Spanish.
Weather service meteorologists initially held off classifying the occurrence as a tornado.
Weather radars showed no record of the swirling cloud patterns that usually precede a tornado.
But after hearing reports of a funnel-shaped cloud descending over the city, NWS surveyed
local residents and matched their accounts to the damage on the ground.
“You’ll see that with some of the storms where weaker tornados will develop,” meteorologist
Alfredo Vega said. “It could touch down and the radar would never pick it up, it was so brief.”
At 5:30 a.m. Manuel Lopez arrived at Zharsky’s Lumber on Bicentennial Boulevard to work his
regular shift. A truck driver at the construction yard, he started loading up for the day’s
About 90 minutes later he was inside the packing shed on top of a 20-foot high stack of
Sheetrock when he heard the roof start to rumble. Lopez looked to the sky and saw something
he never wants to see again.
“It was ugly, the tornado. The winds were so strong,” he said in Spanish. “They started yelling for
me to come inside, so I ran. When I sat down I said just give me a cup of coffee. I didn’t even
know what was happening.”
When he came back out the packing shed was a twisted mass of metal. Across the street, with
a line of palm tree branches and bent stop signs pointing the way, a used clothing warehouse
was barely standing.
Its western wall, a solid brick structure built in the 1920s, had partially collapsed and the metal
roof was left crumpled.
As his employees picked up the loose bricks scattered in the alley, Eliseo Mendiola, whose
family own Ludy’s Ropa Usada, watched calmly.
“Another tornado passed through two, maybe four years ago. It uprooted all the trees along
Bicentennial,” Mendiola said. “This is our own little tornado alley.”
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