Devestation and Heartbreak
Many of you are aware that I live in Alabama and I received several tweets and an even an email from concerned readers inquiring about my safety. I thank you so much for your kind thoughts and I assure everyone that I am okay. The major storms in my area were south and north of me and I only had some minor wind damage (limbs down, shingles missing) from some straight-line winds that came through yesterday morning.
I wish I could say the same for the rest of my state.
This is a picture of a community about 20 minutes north of my house.
I have mentioned before that I attended library school (and undergrad) at The University of Alabama
which is located in Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa was one of the hardest hit areas and at least 15 deaths have been confirmed. We knew it was going to be bad when we saw the actual tornado barreling down on the town that I spent 6 years in.
I don’t think anyone could have imagined such destruction and such devastation. This picture was taken on one of the main highways in Tuscaloosa and is about a block from where I used to live.
My heart is breaking for my friends who lost their homes, cars, and so much of their lives. The damage from this storm is unbelievable and so sad. I hope you will join me in praying for those that have been affected by this powerful storm.
If you would like to help, the best thing to do is to donate to The Red Cross. You can do that by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 general donation or you can visit this site
to donate money directly to the Birmingham chapter of the American Red Cross.
If you would like to see more pictures of the devastation from around the state of Alabama, the Flikr stream
set up by The Crimson White, The University of Alabama’s student paper, and The Alabama Weather Blog
have some great (and horrible) shots.