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.


Sammy and Missy Parris said...

so glad you all are OK. We had a tree hit the house and just got it off today but we survived. the home my mother lives in was a total loss. I have never seen anything like it. She wasn't home. We got power back today. It has been interesting around here. Morgan has pictures coming on her blog. It is just about too much to take it all in. Take care!!!!

Emily, wife of Jeremy said...

Hey Laura. I called and left you a message last night. I didn't know if you all had anymore bad weather after we talked Wednesday evening and I just wanted to make sure you were all ok. Praise the Lord you are. I keep trying to work up a post but I can't find words to explain the devastation.

Love you,

Laura said...

Oh, I'm so glad that you are all safe! We're praying for you and everyone that was affected by the storms. We had warnings here, but nothing major.

mommyx12 said...

It truly has been a heartache. The lives that were lost and the homes is indescribable. We only lost our van and part of our roof in our storm but there have been many who have lost loved ones.

That corgi :) said...

Came over here from Miss Lynda's blog; I can't imagine the devastation and the destruction with these storms; so thankful you and your family were safe; praying for all affected by these storms/tornados!

(I have to ask though, LOL, does the M&M factory do tours?? That would be fun if they did.....or give out free samples.....that would be even better :)

Beautiful family you have; best wishes for your new bundle due to arrive shortly!


Deb said...

So very thankful that your family is safe! Thank you for the update post about the storm.

Mountain Mama said...

Praising God that all is well at your home. Praying for those who have been hit with devastation. Can't imagine!

Lisa said...

Oh, my goodness, Laura. How devasting this tornado attack was. Praising the Lord with you all for His mercy within your home and family. Lifting up those friends in prayer in your town. Praying that the Lord will intervene and bring help, relief and HOPE to all through this terrible catastrophe.
P.S. We also have an M&M Mars plant not far from us here! Thought they were the only one!

Anonymous said...

So thankful you all are okay!! Such devastation this line of storms left behind!


Anonymous said...


I prayed for your family when I saw the tornado was heading your way. We just had high winds and storms but nothing like what so many folks north of us and over in Alabama suffered. I'm so glad you are all okay, and I will continue praying for those who lost so much - including loved ones.


The Adventures of a Simple Life said...

So glad your family is ok. God is very gracious! We know God has a reason for these storms, I pray many souls will be turned to Him at this time!