April 29, 2011

Alabama Tornadoes

Wednesday, April 27, North Alabama was hit by numerous tornadoes.  The death toll this morning was 204 and still climbing.  Remarkably, our little corner of Northwest Alabama did not get touched by the most deadly weather.  We seem to be the only area in North Alabama with electricity, gas, and open stores.  I heard today that the three Wal-Marts in our area were the only ones open in North Alabama.  The lines at the gas stations were long yesterday, but today everything seemed to be smoothing out.

We had heavy rain, strong winds, a few trees down in the roads nearby, an overflowed pond, a flooded barn yard and garden (not yet planted!), and for all of these things we are thankful considering the devastation around us. 

The pictures below come from the Phil Campbell, Alabama area.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Only a few buildings were left in the small town of Phil Campbell.  Amazingly, one of them was the community center which is now set up as the distribution center (with no electricity).  The concrete pad you see was one of six chicken houses - no chickens to be found.

Many churches in our area are making numerous trips into the tornado area to deliver supplies.  Please feel free to contact me at the email address on the right and I will be glad to get you in touch with a reputable organization if you want to help with the efforts.

Have a nice weekend!

Judy :)