Friday, March 2, 2012

Stormy Weather







     
      This is the sky in front of my house about 10 minutes ago.  It's still windy but the sun is trying to peek out following a thunderstorm.  We were lucky.  All we got was a little wind and some hard rain.    The worst is a few broken limbs, very small sticks, scattered on my lawn.  




 
     This rainbow was in my backyard.  Rainbows usually give me a peaceful feeling.  They are so beautiful.  Unfortunately, it is hard to feel peaceful at the moment.




     Not everyone was as fortunate as we were.  Many areas both to the north and south of us were hit very hard with major tornadoes.   Many of them are still being hit as I type.  The TV has been a constant picture of destruction from several areas; as well as warnings to take shelter.  I have heard of 6 confirmed deaths so far with people still missing.  Henryville, IN, one of the hardest hit areas is not that far north of us and very close to where I grew up.  Nearly the entire town is wiped out.


                                                                                   
All afternoon more and more warnings.
Amazingly no one was hurt on this schoolbus.

This was the school.









This is the actual tornado that flattened 
Henryville as posted by the news channel.
Besides the tornado, they had hail as big as golf balls.

     As I thank God for his grace and mercy in sparing us and our loved ones from damage, destruction and even death, I also  pray for the families that have been hit.  My heart is filled with pain for these poor families.  Many of the counties south of us have been hit just as severely.  Unfortunately, the same counties were just beginning to clean up from severe destruction caused by  tornadoes that went through Tuesday.

     I know these deadly tornadoes this week have also caused death and destruction in other areas of the midwest.  Illinois  was hit hard and I just heard today Alabama was hit.

     The weatherman just gave the all clear for their entire viewing area which covers southern Indiana and much of Kentucky.  That's great news for some of us, but too late for others.    All the pictures they are showing are devastating.  So much destruction.  Breaks my heart.

     Weather is so unpredictable.  It's suppose to be too early in the year for tornadoes - but that doesn't seem to matter anymore.  Thunderstorms and tornadoes in the winter, so what's next...snowstorms in July?  I don't remember all these storms in this area when I was growing up.  Are they happening more often?  I don't know.  

     For some of these people hit today, or Tuesday, it's going to be a long time before they will have any kind of normalcy in their lives.  I will keep them in my prayers.  I pray no more deaths will be attributed to today's disaster.  I'm sure it will be days before we will know.

     If this is what is called an "act of nature" I hope it was the final act.

Until next time...that's my view.

Kat

 


                  



16 comments:

  1. This gives me chills just reading this. Take care of yourself.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. We didn't get any of the tornadoes. They all went around us. I just feel so bad for the ones it did hit.

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  2. Wow. This is very chilling and sad. Hope the residents are able to get back on their feet pretty quickly...

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    1. Thank you. I hope so too. I'm afraid it won't be very quickly though. The pictures I posted don't even show a glimpse of all the real damage.

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  3. The weather has been horrendous this year and last. I don't know the reasons, but I sure do see the results. My daughter and her family live in Nashville and like you, they escaped this one. I worry a lot though when I see how many storms with or without tornadoes are cutting through that area, it just scares me to death.
    Those who suffered and are still suffering this storm, need lots of prayers and helping hands. ♥

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    1. It scares both of us Jo. The death toll from this one is up to 12 in Indiana and 5 in Kentucky. There could still be more. I found out after I wrote this my cousins son is a teacher at Henryville and was in the school that was demolished. He is okay but his car outside was destroyed.

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  4. Wow Kat, that's some kind of storm. I am really glad you guys are alright!

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    1. Thank you k~. Yes, it completely missed us but hit less than 50 miles from here. Thankfully, it also missed where my son lives in western KY.

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  5. I didn't know about the weather til I came home from Toronto. You are my first online stop and I'm so happy to hear that your family is safe. Take care Kat -Kelly

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    1. Thank you Kelly. Yes, we are okay. It hit pretty close though really bad. Last I heard the death toll was up to 14 in southern IN and 12 in KY just southeast of us. It could even be more by now. So awful.

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  6. That's so scary. I'm glad you're ok.

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    1. Thank you Jewels. I wish everyone could have been as lucky.

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    1. Thank you Amy. All we got was a thunderstorm. The tornadoes went north and south of us.

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  8. Glad to know you are ok but please take care. My heart goes out to the people who are really effected.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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  9. Thank you so much Paps. Yes, so many people were hit by the devastation. It really is sad.

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