Friday, April 29, 2011
Devastation in the South!
This is a picture of devastation in our city, and yet, this is only a small glimpse! On Wednesday afternoon around 4PM, the first of a phase of tornadoes that wrecked havoc on the south began. Rain and hail began to fall, then off at a distance Elizabeth saw it coming and she yelled "mom, it's coming"! I ran for the boys and she ran for Ruth Ella and we took cover. The lights began to flicker and then off went the power. Within minutes a silence fell all around, it had now passed. We looked out and saw trees on neighbors homes, debris scattered all around, our tree down on the power lines, neighbors roofs peeled back, power lines laying on the road, and pulled from our house. There were 3 more phases that came through after the first one, the last one being around 11PM that night. We took cover each time, but the main damage in our area was done at 4PM. We were without power for about 2 hours the first time and again later for about an hour. In our area we seem to get our power restored quickly, the main reason being we live between 2 very large companies M&M Mars (that makes candy) and Duracell (that makes batteries). So, for us the storm was minor, just clean up. We are so thankful for the Lord's hand being upon us, and our hearts are breaking for those who were hit in such a profound way!
For several of our friends it was "much" worse! We know some who completely lost their homes, and several who had massive damage done to their homes. All of these people will be without power for the next 2-3 weeks, not to mention trying to put their lives back together. In our city 9 lives were lost, and there are still a few being searched for at this time. They are asking people to stay home unless they really must get out, to cut down on the congestion in areas. Churches are pulling together to feed those without power or a home. The 2 colleges here in town Lee University and Cleveland State, along with the YMCA and The Rush are offering free showers to those without power. In the past 2 days our boarding went from keeping a few dogs while their owners were on vacation, to almost being completely booked. With homes damaged, or completely destroyed, and fences smashed it seems people need somewhere to place their pets. The magnitude of this kind of disaster is hard to believe, and it all just seems surreal!
I cannot image what it would feel like to lose your home or to be in the home at the time. Yet, far worse than losing a home would be the death of a loved one during a tornado!
Our prayers are with those in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama who were stuck by the tornado.