11.18.2013

A tornado in November

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.

21 comments:

  1. My heart goes out to you and all the families affected. Even though your house was fine, I'm sure you are emotionally a wreak!

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  2. That is crazy. So glad you're safe. Sending prayers for everyone.

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  3. I am so glad y'all are ok!!!! If you need anything please let me know :) Love you

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  4. oh wow, so close!! Squeeze each other alittle tighter today knowing how lucky and blessed we (general we) are.

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  5. I am so glad that you all are okay and safe. Has to be so scary to know that it was that close to your house. Sending up some prayers for all those that were affected by the tornado.

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  6. That is crazy scary! So glad ya'll are ok! I am praying for those around you!

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  7. Glad to hear you're alright. I can't imagine what everyone up there is going through. Praying for Central IL!

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  8. Oh my goodness Kayla, I'm SO glad it spared you guys. Heartbroken for everyone that got hit, but thankful it wasn't you!

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  9. I am so glad you guys are ok! We had a huge twister hit our small town while I was pregnant with my oldest. I was amazed to see how our little community rallied together the way it did in a time of need. You all are in my prayers.

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  10. Bradely stayed upstairs?! next time you better grab him by the ear and drag his butt to the basement. Can you imagine if it did hit your house!?

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  11. Thinking of you guys... So glad you are okay.

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  12. I have just been looking at some of the devastation in the news. A couple years ago, my young son developed a weather phobia, I think from watching some YouTube videos of tornadoes. We are in Utah, where they aren't really an issue (there was a freak one many years ago). We ended up in counseling and on medication as he couldn't cope with any weather (dark skies, wind, rain). I've always wondered about the children who have actually experienced these disasters and how they cope. Glad to hear you are ok!

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  13. So glad you are okay. That shiz is just too scary for me!!!

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  14. Very glad that yall are ok and we will be praying for others in the area that were not as fortunate.

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  15. Thank God that you and your family are all okay. Prayers for sure!

    Jen
    Jen.amileamemory@gmail.com

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  16. Wow! That is so scary, but you guys were so, so fortunate to not get hit by the tornado!

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  17. So scary! Praying for everyone. Thank goodness you guys are safe!

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  18. So glad you are okay! I live in Southeastern Michigan and we had the winds and the storms, but no tornados around where I live...thank goodness.

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  19. So, so scary! I text Holly to see how she was and she told me your area was hit. I've been praying for all of you!

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