Happy Friday! Wow, what a week. If you’ve seen the news, you know that much of the southeast was devastated by tornadoes this past Wednesday. Our area was hit hard. My family was very fortunate; the multiple tornadoes that hit our area went all around us. Many were not so lucky.
My city lost eight lives, with over 30 lost in our general area. My alma mater was heavily damaged and many homes and businesses were completely destroyed. It’s been a very emotional week watching the news footage – on the one channel that we can get with the rabbit ears antenna Brian dug out – of the area where I’ve lived all my life so heavily damaged.
Hundreds are without homes and thousands are still without power. It’s been incredible seeing the community come together. Many areas put out the word that no more volunteers were needed because they had so many showing up to help. It may be days before the roads are open into the city where I went to high school.
This area, which never used to see tornadoes, was hit with at least two confirmed EF-4 tornadoes. An EF-5 has sustained winds of 200 mph; the tornadoes that hit here had sustained winds of 190 mph. There were multiple smaller tornadoes. One city was hit with two – one Wednesday morning and another Wednesday night.
We spent much of the day Wednesday either watching the news, which was on monitoring the weather all day, or sitting in the basement waiting for the storm systems – there were three total – to pass. As I said, we were very fortunate. We were only without power for about 3 hours. We’ve been without cable and Internet service for two days, but that’s a minor inconvenience compared with what many are facing.
If you’re reading this, that means that I’ve finally made my way to Chick-Fil-A for Wi-Fi and sweet tea. This may be the first time I’ve ever been more excited about the Wi-Fi than the tea. ;-)
Our county schools are closed all of next week with one nearby school system closed until further notice. We have, for the most part, carried on with school. Brianna’s Switched-on-Schoolhouse, which she is really enjoying, and Josh and Megan’s Teaching Textbooks are on their computers, but not online, so we’ve still been able to do those. With the exception of the Speekee Spanish program, which we’re reviewing, nothing else involves the Internet.
Of course, I’ve been going through a little withdrawal, but not too bad. There’s nothing like an event like this to put things into perspective for you and make you realize how fortunate you are. I would appreciate your prayers for all those who lost loved ones and/or suffered property loss or damage this past week.
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