On Wednesday night, when the Montgomery station started calling the name of our subdivision, and that the tornado was almost on top of us, we went to our safe place in our full basement and felt fairly safe, but still unsure of what might be coming. We had watched the massive tornado, live on t.v., as it traveled across Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. We weren’t sure that there was any place that was safe enough. Prayer was our only defense.
As the crow flies, the tornado passed within a couple of miles of us. We didn’t hear anything as Mason was screaming and all four dogs were going crazy – barometric pressure maybe. Miraculously, our power blinked off and on, but it never stayed off, so we had the advantage of staying updated with the latest information. As soon as we felt safe, we came up and was thankful that nothing was damaged right here. As the night went on, we kept hearing reports of horrible damage in our area. We ventured out a couple of hours later to see if we could be of assistance to anyone but both main roads around our subdivision was closed, so we came back home as there was more warnings for our area.
We couldn’t call out or receive calls as our phone lines were out and that also meant we had no internet service. One of our cell phones might get one bar of service occasionally – enough to go outdoors to start letting our family and friends know that we were okay. We were always cut off after a minute or two.
There is massive destruction all around us, a lot of injuries, and as far as we have heard, 3 deaths.
Our neighbor has two sisters who live a short way from here and both of their homes were severely damaged. Both sisters were sucked outside and have broken bones – husbands were injured but not as severely – all are still in the hospital. We drove by their homes after the road opened up yesterday and we couldn’t speak – there are just no words.
We got phone/internet service during the early morning hours today. I was amazed at how many emails I had received telling us to stay safe and asking if we were okay. I was so touched. Some of you said you had prayed for us. That meant the world to me.
I want you all to know that I am thankful for your thoughts and prayers. Please continue to pray for the many who lost loved ones, all of their possessions, or still cannot locate family members.
This is an amazing slide show of professional photos that tell the story.
Some areas are accessible only by boat or an ATV.
These tornadoes ripped through little shanties as well as multi-million dollar homes.
These are some photos I took just outside our neighborhood.
We were driving by so the quality isn't great.