A Texas woman gave birth to a baby girl by candlelight in a laundry room Sunday evening, Oct. 20, as a tornado swept across the state.

The baby was born during storms that caused widespread destruction in North Dallas, Preston Hollow, and all the way across to Richardson.

With no time to waste and a tornado raging nearby, the team from the birthing center in Rowlett went to work by candlelight.

“We got blankets on the floor. We got supplies set up all over the room and then candles everywhere, and once it was all done we just asked her to stand up and you have come into the laundry room there’s a tornado.. and she said okay! and she just walked on in,” McElhaney said.

The Bump Birthing Center posted about her birth on their Facebook page, saying: “Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away, and no electricity …  by candle light!! Welcome to the world beauty!”

Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away, and no…

Posted by The Bump Birthing Center on Sunday, October 20, 2019

Storm survey teams with the National Weather Service reported an EF-3 tornado hit Dallas, an EF-1 hit Rowlett and an EF-0 struck Wills Point. At least six people were taken to the hospital in north Texas, and one person was killed by a falling tree in Arkansas. More than 167,000 electricity customers were without power as a result of the storms.

Many people who heard Mech’s story wanted her to name the baby something like Stormy or Dorothy.

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