Friday, May 2, 2008

Tornado...

An unofficial tornado went through the town where I live this morning at 4:00am, and my house was right in the middle of it. We were hunched in the hallway for almost an hour after the tornado warnings started sounding. School was cancelled for our school district, so I do not have students today. When I got up this morning, I saw that almost every yard in my neighborhood had a tree either uprooted or snapped in half. Several houses in my neighborhood were damaged, as well as many other neighborhood's around town. The electricity has been out since 4:15am, and a gas line was busted. (I am at my friend's house, who lives on the other side of town and has electricity, writing this post.) Light posts were blown over, trees uprooted, roofs blown off houses and a 15 year-old girl confirmed dead. Somehow, our house did not get any damage and our trees are still standing. For that, I am thanking my Lord. My town needs your prayers. There is a lot of damage and a long road ahead for many families. Thank you so much! Here are some pictures... (all but two are on my street)

This is my yard:


This is my neighbor's driveway...



This is my other neighbor's yard...



These are across the street from my house...





This is my neighbor's neighbor (two houses from us)...



...a few houses down from us



...across the road from the previous house



...just several houses from us



...a house on the street parallel from ours



...the house next to them


These are just a very small few of the many houses/yards that were damaged.

Remember what my yard looked like? Nothing except one small limb... Thank you, Father for keeping us safe. I am greiving for those who were not as fortunate. Please watch over them, comfort them and provide for them, Lord. Show me how I can help and be a servant to the families on my street. Bless them all. Thank you and I love you...

14 comments:

Gary and Kellye said...

Gary and I thought about you guys this morning when we heard that Siloam had cancelled school. We're so glad to hear that you're safe, although sorry to hear about all that happened around you. We'll keep everyone in our prayers.

Caroline said...

OH PRAISE HIM FOR YOUR COMPLETE SAFETY!!!!!!! May HE comfort the others in every way!!!!! Oh I love how HE will use every opportunity to MAKE HIS NAME KNOWN!!!!!!!


i will pray for all the homes. thank you for the pictures. it will make it easier as i go house to house!!!!!

Candy said...

Wow, Amy!! Thanks for sharing and letting us know the need for prayer for so many families. It is amazing to see your yard compared to the others.

Julie said...

Praise the LORD you are safe!!! His hand of protection was definitely on you and your family. I will be thinking of you and your town.

becky said...

So glad to hear you all are safe and that you all didn't have any damage. I will keep your community in my prayers.

Kim said...

I am so glad you guys are ok, with no damage! It is crazy how just across the street there could be such a difference.

Mandy said...

Oh Amy, I am so glad to hear that you guys are okay!! I was thinking about you guys and praying you were okay. That is so sad about that little girl!!

"J" said...

Oh my goodness....
I'm so glad you are okay!!! I can't deal with storms...they FREAK me out so bad!!! BIG FEAR!!!

That is really SAD to hear about that little girl! Her poor family! =(

My thoughs and prayers are with you and your town!!!

Staci said...

Praise the Lord that you were saved! God is truly amazing :)

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness, till I read your post I didn't even hear of the tornado. I'm so sorry to hear about the damage and the poor girl's death. Prayers are with you always.

The Holloway Family said...

I am so glad your house was untouched! I read about the 15 year old this morning--that breaks my heart! We had lots of wind and there are trees down all over our neighborhood, but nothing like what you got.

destiny said...

That is so scary! I'm always scared of bad weather in the middle of the night and early morning. I'm glad you could get to safety and you were all okay.

Mandee said...

I guess I didn't know exactly where you lived. Thank God you were safe. Isn't it amazing that he is so in control of the storms. It broke my heart to hear about the girl. Siloam has been through it this year between the winter weather, floods, and now this. We'll pray for you town!

Leigh said...

I am so glad that you are all safe. Blessing to all and prayers to the fmaily who lost a child. My heart breaks for them.
In prayer,
Leigh