Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Day of the Tornadoes

April 27, 2011 is a day that most of us in the South will not soon forget. Over 200 tornadoes were reported in numerous Southern states and over 400 people died as a result of the storms. Here in the Tennessee valley we weathered line after line of tornadoes all throughout the day.

The first storms came through around 8:30 when the kids were at school. Several HUGE trees were uprooted in that area of town (the kids go to school about 6-7 miles from where we live) and the power was out. By about 10:00 word was spreading that we needed to go pick up our kids. The school wasn't able to call out to parents because of power outage/phone lines were down. I picked up the kids and was dumb-founded by the damage I saw. I had a hard time getting to Trevin's school because every street I turned down had a huge tree laying in the middle of it!

Our Lower School (PreK-3rd grade) campus lost an enormous tree on the front lawn and it crushed a beloved metal dinosaur sculpture when it came crashing down. Thankfully though all the kids were safe.

As the day wore on we periodically took cover in the closet but we were never really too scared. By the next morning it was evident that we had been very, very lucky. So many in our area had been hit hard by tornadoes and thousands were without power for a week or more. The kids were out of school for the rest of the week. We feel so blessed that we didn't have any damage and that we were some of the lucky ones that didn't even lose power.

1 comment:

Scott said...

I remember seeing the Murfressboro tornado damage a few years ago. Sometimes I'll oback at those pictures, still in awe over what a tornado can do! So glad yall got the "lower end" of the recent storms!