Thursday, April 28, 2011

pray for Alabama.......200 dead this


beamish said...

All the family I've been able to get ahold of are safe, thank God.

I'm afraid to look at the list of the dead because I know so many people in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.

Seeing places I know well get destroyed on TV from footage of the tornado as it passed really messes with me. It hurts to watch. I feel like 9/11 happened again.

beamish said...

Finally heard from a cousin. He was out of town on business when the tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa. His house took some roof damage but is still intact.

Z said...

Glad your family's okay, Beamish, that's for sure.
Seeing it on TV was bad enough but to know you and what you were going through brought much more awareness and even more concern into MY house, too.

beamish said...

I've only been up close and personal with a tornado once in my life, when I was a kid maybe 5 years old - green skies, hailstones, tree-uprooting winds. Once was plenty. I've since been near enough to the areas they strike, but to actually see a funnel cloud touch down is one of the most frightening experiences I've ever had.

I still freak out everytime the skies turn green in a thunderstorm.

I didn't even know what was happening at first. Got the live camera view of Birmingham after Tuscaloosa was wrecked as I idly turned on the TV. The tornoado that had struck the airport here in St. Louis damaged an office building I has a job offer at but had declined two weeks ago.

Saw the tornado tearing up places in B'ham that were the setting of fond memories from my childhood on TV. The storm track showed it heading right for my grandmother's town - she lives alone - and it scared the hell out of me. Fortunately she was at my uncle's house for dinner when the storm came and spent the night with his family safe inside his storm cellar. The tornado jumped over my grandmother's town as it passed out of northeast B'ham and came back down on the other side of it, so my grandmother's house and her town is spared.

But there's still so many missing people aside from the known dead and injured. They're finding bodies of people swept up from Tuscaloosa as far east as Phenix City and across the border into Georgia. Debris strewn all the way across the state. It's unimaginable how powerful that storm was.

With so many missing, we're not going to know the true scope of this tragedy for a week or so.