Thursday, April 28, 2011

4-27-11

Yesterday is a day I will not soon forget, and neither will most across the state of Alabama and the Southeast. I am one of the lucky ones--we never lost power, our house was fine, and most importantly, our family and friends were all safe. Others were not so lucky and for them, I pray. Even though Forrest and I were out of harm's way, I was and still am totally shaken up by the tornados that ripped across the state yesterday. I am most upset about what happened in Tuscaloosa, one of my most favorite places on earth. A tornado, at least a half a mile wide, literally tore the city into two halves. It totally demolished everything in the vicinity of 15th Street and McFarland, one of the busiest areas of the city. THANK GOD--my sister, all of my cousins, and my friends that live there were all safe. Mary Margaret lives on 12th street, 3 streets over from where it hit, and my cousin Ashley lives on 13th. Thinking about what they went through yesterday, how scared they were, makes me cry. MMM and her roommate Hannah were both laying flat in MMM's bathtub with cushions on top of them, listening to the rain poud and the wind howl around them. All they could do was pray. I know I shouldn't still be upset about it, and I probably don't have the right to be so, since everyone I know is totally fine. The city is shut down, there is no power or water or even gas. The University is closed and they have even canceled finals. My heart breaks for those in Tuscaloosa and the other areas of the state that were decimated by the storms and my thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, homes, everything. We love you Tuscaloosa---ROLL TIDE!!!
While we were in the basement, Forrest got me to start organizing it, since I was still a little hysterical after seeing what happened in Tuscaloosa. We finished at 11, but everything is neatly packed up and stored in boxes. Luckily we stayed safe!!!

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