This is a shot of our television as we watched a tornado rip through the town of Tuscaloosa (about 75 miles from here). The tornado was over a mile wide and went right through the heart of the town. It then made it’s way up towards Birmingham and they said on the news “The Tornado just hit Birmingham Southern”. My brother is at that college and was in a bathroom at the time. I was beyond scared until I heard he was safe. Then we watched as the tornado got closer to us. It turned and missed us by just a few miles, but my mother in law who lives 10 miles up the road saw it from her window.
But that was just one of the tornados yesterday. At one point I counted 4 on the ground. This morning they reported that 128 people have died. One man lost his wife and his 2 children. That could of so easily been us earlier in the day….
Yesterday morning I woke up at 5 am to start blogging. I had a dentist appointment so I wanted to get posts scheduled while I was gone to keep all the deals coming to you all. Around 5:45 I checked Weather.com and was shocked to see a tornado warning for Birmingham. I turned on the news and there was a surprise line of storms (we were expecting the evening storms). The news said it was headed straight towards Moody, so I woke up the family and we went to sit in the hall.
The house began to shake. The wind was howling and rattling the windows. The front door kept beeping (house alarm) and trying to open. We were all scared and praying for God to protect us. At one point everything got VERY quiet. Then it started back with a rage. We believe a tornado touched down just behind our house at that time. After it quieted down, we went to assess the damage.
This is a picture my friend Michelle took from her backyard. This building is directly behind her house and her house is just 20 houses up the street from mine. That is a steel building that toppled in the storm.
Our church is less than a mile from the house. The steeple was found 45 feet from the building on the ground. We lost part of the church roof, a bunch of awnings and there was a gas leak they had to get under control.
My friend just moved from a trailer park in February. That park is located 2 miles from my house and the news reported that 120 trailers were destroyed in the storm. The news have not shared any pictures of it. That is a lot of people to lose their homes. A lot.
We were very lucky. The hand of God was definitely over us yesterday. Our house suffered minimal damage. We lost 1 sheet of shingles. I spoke with a lady up the street who had every window blown out of the back of her house, her roof was destroyed and she lost a bunch of siding off the side of her house. I drove through town yesterday and it was like driving through a war zone. Some areas of the road only had one lane open for both flows of traffic because the other side was blocked by trees. Twice I had to drive under a tree that was hanging on a power line. Homes, businesses, fences were all crushed by trees.
They are saying this is one of the worst tragedies to hit Alabama. It is overwhelming to watch the news. Photo after photo of destruction, people crying, homes ruined. And all I can say is…
“And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am”
We are blessed to be alive. Thank you all for your prayers for our family. I could feel them wrapped around us. Please keep my fellow Alabamians in your thoughts and prayers.