Along with the rest of the nation, we've been following the tornado and storm devastation in the Midwest with great concern. A friend's grandmother is still missing -- we are desperately hoping it's due to communications breakdown rather than anything more serious.
(To those affected, take heart. Rosie O'Donnell has proclaimed your troubles are all caused by global warming. Isn't that nice?)
I learned some of my loyal readers are right there in the midst of the chaos. I received the following email from Save the Canning Jars:
Here in the heartland, breadbasket, tornado alley, we had a close call with... well, a tornado! Yesterday, a big honking tornado was on the ground for 60 miles before it lifted. Our meteorologists in Oklahoma are exceptional and interrupted regular programing to provide live coverage to viewers. We literally sat in front of our television and watched several tornadoes "being born" and maturing very quickly. This was covered mostly by brave photo-journalists in helicopters and storm chasers on the ground who were driving wildly, dodging debris, filming, and giving continual live reports. Talk about multi-tasking! This went on for hours!
The pre-tornado weather had been so strange. Dark, hazy, heavy moisture, soupy, ominous weather. The air/environment was just wrong! Anyone who has never seen a tornado would known something was seriously wrong with this weather. After the tornado passed, I could only thank God and spent the whole night dwelling on how blessed we were to have been spared. Even in the night, I woke up and told God that I saw how the newscast footage of the house north of town and how it had been wiped off the foundation and the cellar completely exposed. My house would have faired the same way...meaning we would have been sucked right out of our basement since it is not concrete overhead. That house and my house were built the same way. The cellar would hold up against a smaller tornado, but not what came through (EF 5?) Told God that He has once again spared my life and thanked Him for diverting the tornado. We are blessed!
Save the Canning Jars
PS: Oklahoma Pastry Cloth Cook also had to jump in her cellar as the tornado in her area damaged numerous houses. Can you imagine trying to be a meteorologist trying to cover multiple tornadoes across the state at one time? I think there were 6 in all.
Canning Jars, Oklahoma Pastry Cloth, and everyone else out there -- be safe! Please, folks, keep those in the Midwest in your prayers. They've been facing a lot.
I sure hope my friend's grandmother is all right...