Thursday, April 28, 2011

Alive and Well

"As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world." ~Terri Guillemets

I woke up this morning to a cool breeze floating through my sunroom window, and a few birds chirping. You would never know that just last night, we all sat crouched in our little corners, terrified for our lives, riding out the deadly storms that ripped through our communities.

I live in Birmingham, Alabama. Very close to both Cullman & Tuscaloosa. All three of our communities were ravaged by an F4 - possibly F5 tornadoes. The one that flattened Tuscaloosa was 1/2 a mile wide and steammed forward to Birmingham and ended up 1 mile wide.

To quote James Spann, Chief Meteorologist at ABC 33/40, "I have seen nothing like this - ever - in my career."

The winds were so strong... the sound was terrifying... the sirens blaring...

All you could do was hold on. Luckily, the electricity stayed on for a few hours.. then - about 9pm, while the sirens were blaring, it went black. We lit a few candles, opened the window for air, and just went to our bedroom, and would periodically check things out on my iphone.

Please pray for the families and our community.


Dizzy C said...

Good to hear you are both safe and well.

Those who were not so fortunate are in my thoughts.


High Heeled Life said...

Glad that you are safe! Thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected by Mother Nature...HHL

Anonymous said...

When I lived in Texas, I lived in Tornado alley. Those blaring sirens were a normal and frequent occurrence. They come in handy. Here in LA, we have no sirens to warn when there is a tornado on the ground, so when they announce that we are under a tornado watch/warning...I kind of freak out a bit cause we have no sirens. I'm so very glad that you guys were spared the horrors of that monster...praying for all the others...

Anonymous said...

Nicole, what a relief that you & the Egyptian are okay!

I've sent out a prayer for you both, and well as your community and all of the Southern US.

Laura said...

Definitely praying for everyone in the South.


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