WIU graduate puts nursing degree to work after (barely) surviving Joplin tornado

According to her hometown newspaper online, the Juneau (Alaska) Empire, Victoria “Torie” Powers, who just graduated from WIU with a degree in nursing, had “just settled into the Plaza Apartments after her graduation with honors from Western Illinois University’s School of Nursing” when the F5 tornado hit, in what is being called the worst tornado in the U.S. in 50 years.

“It came right for us,” Torie said. “We were on the northern edge of the vortex. One minute, I was talking to my dad and then I was screaming for God to save me in the bathroom.”

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