Hey guys, just a quick post to let you all know we are okay. Yesterday was an awful day in our neck of the woods. Illinois was hit extremely hard with severe weather, including thunderstorms, intense winds, and tornados.
The tornado that touched down in our town missed our house by two blocks. We had just gotten home from the store about 20 minutes before it hit. As we were putting away groceries I said to Bradley, "Look at the sky out back, it's all foggy and green." He dismissed me as usual and we went about our business.
A few minutes later I walked into the living room to see a wall of leaves swirling in our front yard. I'm talking, I could see nothing but a shit ton of leaves moving rapidly. I freaked out and yelled at Bradley to get to the basement and I dragged Chorde downstairs. Bradley of course stayed put on the couch to watch football. There was this strange humming sound followed by a blast-type noise. We identified the blast later as the tornado hitting the transformers near our house.
Once it was over we went outside to make sure we were okay. Neighbors here and there right by us sustained damage from tree limbs and the like. Two blocks down is where the real devastation occurred. Houses are torn to shreds. Trees are completely ripped from the ground like somebody just walked by and plucked then up and threw them. Some people have nothing where their houses once stood.
It's my understating that the funnel formed about two blocks behind us and travelled around us in a two block radius. It then crossed a road and flattened houses and subdivisions in its wake. I cannot understand how we got so lucky, all I can say is Thank You Jesus.
We walked around surveying the neighborhood after it happened and there were people sobbing in the street. I can't help but be incredibly grateful that our home and our lives were spared. We went to my mom's last night to put all of our groceries in her fridge, charge our phones, and do some laundry. They are saying we might not have power for four more days. I don't know how I'm going to get my shit together and go to work tomorrow, especially since the main road out of town is closed. This all really sucks for so, so many people.
If you can, I hope you all would reach out to those in need. The destruction crossed over st least three states. Everyone can do something. At the very least pray. I hope today is a better day for lots of people.