Twister

3.06.2012

When we were little, my mom was gone during a storm. The sirens started to go off, and my sister started wrangling all animals (both pets and stuffed) into a tiny closet in our basement. Camille was supremely stressed out, and I was supremely excited

On Friday, it seemed most of Kentucky was in a flurry of sirens and alarmist weather reports that we were going to get hit hard. To be honest, I had a particularly flippant attitude about it. Maybe because of how I slept through Irene happening, or maybe just because I had an unreasonable expectation that it didn't happen where we live.

Camille and I took photos as the sky grew darker. We don't have sirens since we live out so far in the country. Our weather radio was in a silent mode we didn't know how to switch. All of the news reports said the worst was going to hit Lexington - my former home, and current residence of some of my most treasured friends.


Soon enough, we received phone calls from my dad and from my uncle. The storm front was heading right for our home, so we went to the basement.

The sky was green and the wind was moving in a way that wasn't familiar.

Our electricity went out, and for a moment our cell phones lost signal. It was over in just a moment for us. We didn't even have debris in our yard.

Very quickly we learned that just a few miles from our home, many were not as fortunate. As we looked through the slideshow of affected homes, we knew most of them.

Families of our church and schools, and homes we drive by every day. Completely gone. There was one woman whose home we stopped by to buy fresh vegetables and salsa. Even if you never stopped, she always waved as you drove by. Her home is broken beyond repair.

The same night that I fell asleep safely in my warm bed, I was thankful but simultaneously burdened to make sure to help our community.

My prayers are with the families that have lost loved ones.

If you'd like to make a small donation to the Red Cross, you can do so here.


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9 comments:

  1. Heartbreaking. I can't even imagine what all the victims are going through.

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  2. I came across your blog today from Story of My Life & I just wanted to drop you a comment to let you know that I'm loving it!

    I'm so sorry for the hit that your neighbors took from the storm. Tornadoes scare the living crap out of me. I'm glad you guys were OK, but please know that our thoughts are with everyone who's been affected.

    I look forward to reading all of your posts. I've got some catching up to do! ;)

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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    1. So glad to have you guys! Things are getting cleaned up around here - there have been so many volunteers and it's been great to see.

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  3. So thankful that you and your family are okay! My family lives in Cincinnati and I was very nervous for southern Ohio. Prayers to everyone in Kentucky affected ♥

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    1. Thanks, Krystal :) I'm so thankful, too. Here's to hoping this isn't a precursor of a crazy spring we're about to have. For reaaaal

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  4. Oh my goodness. How horrific. Glad you were all safe, but thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost their homes. It's unimagineable.

    http://unpublishedworksofme.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, girl - very much appreciated. It snowed a couple of inches over the weekend, and then yesterday it was in the sixties. I'm not entirely sure what a Kentucky spring is supposed to look like anymore.

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  5. Thanks for posting on this. I live in Ohio (so just next door) and we had some weather here, as well. It's incredible how much damaage these storms can do so QUICKLY! :( Glad that you're safe and doing well.

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    1. Glad you guys are okay, too! I'm hoping this doesn't mean that our skipping winter means tornadoes every weekend.

      Also, HOW do you spell it? Tornados? Or tornadoes?

      Neither have the red underline.

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