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.