Life can be turned upside down and out in a few moments of unbelievable terror on this planet traversing the cosmos. What happened Wednesday night in the South was something out of a disaster film.
Unfortunately, real people died. Real people are suffering. The loss of life is staggering and the loss of homes and businesses inestimable at this time.
In each community affected by these super-cell storms, there are stories of miracles and tragedies:
Mickey and Kayci Glasgow lost their home, 3-month old son and Mickey’s sister. If you want to help this family: http://www.thelovingchurch.com/#
Mike and Susan Hornsby huddled in their bathroom as their house was picked up, turned 90 degrees, and moved one hundred feet. They survived: http://www.11alive.com/news/article/189104/40/Storm-picks-up-moves-LaGrange-house-with-couple-inside
In the Northwest Alabama the small town of Phil Campbell lost 26 people, the gas station, medical clinic and grocery store. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hUvGvS3q0PQt9ZOazrvPqdW2ZR2g?docId=9bb00c276dda4978bc64cee927607360
A red-clay storm cellar built in the 1950s by Juanita Brown’s parents became a safe haven for Juanita and her husband W.J. as their home was destroyed:
What happened cannot be changed. To assist those who need help:
THE SALVATION ARMY:
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
ALABAMA’S GOVERNOR OFFICE
G. D. Williams © 2011
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION:
At least 280 people were killed across six states — more than two-thirds of them in Alabama, where large cities bore the half-mile-wide scars the twisters left behind.
The storms seemed to hug the interstate highways as they barreled along like runaway trucks, obliterating neighborhoods or even entire towns from Tuscaloosa to Bristol, Va. One family rode out the disaster in the basement of a funeral home, another by huddling in a tanning bed.
“There’s not a word for what you see,” said Becky Russell, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army‘s Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi (ALM) Division as she surveyed the damage in Tuscaloosa. “This has to be close to what a war zone looks like. I can turn in any direction and there is nothing normal standing.”
THE BALTIMORE SUN
The mile-wide monster twister that on Wednesday tore through the town of Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, may have been the biggest ever to hit the state, AccuWeather.com meteorologist Josh Nagelberg.
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
THE HUNTSVILLE TIMES
As the sun rose today, hours after a massive series of storms blasted through the Deep South, the scale of the devastation in hardest-hit Alabama was still taking shape. State officials confirmed 194 deaths but said they expected the death toll to rise; as many as 1 million were without power.
Times Free Press April 30 2011
The Atlanta Journal Constitution: Picking Up The Pieces April 30, 2011
Ringgold, Georgia Tribute Video