Sunday, April 25, 2010

Tornados in Nearby Mississippi

This is the time of the year in the South when any thunderstorm is carefully watched because tornados can spawn so quickly.  Unfortunately, yesterday's storms brought death and devastation to neighboring states, as well as areas within 50 miles of here.  Yazoo City, Mississippi, seems to be the hardest hit judging by the number of deaths reported as of this morning.  There are 10 confirmed, including 3 children, and several other people are critically injured in the hospital.  Here in Alabama, the western counties took the brunt this time.  No deaths reported at this time, but there is a lot of property damage.  Houses and businesses can be rebuilt/restored though.  Those ten who woke up yesterday morning in nearby Mississippi thinking that it was just going to be a bad thunderstorm can never be replaced.  To their families who survived, prayers are being said for God's comfort.

When Mother Nature shows her strength in a tornado, it's very scary.  She can be a fickle lady, sometimes, changing her journey at will and releasing her anger randomly.  I spent yesterday listening to the pouring rains outside, not much thunder or lightning.  Then last night the tornado sirens were blaring at 10:30 p.m.  Finally, at 2 a.m. the local television stations gave an all clear. Let's hope that the tornado season quietens down for the rest of the year.

As we awake on this Sunday from very little sleep, we're thankful that we were spared.  Hopefully, Mother Nature has settled down a bit today, and the rest of Spring/Summer will bring only welcome showers, not deadly tornados.

I'm looking out my window, and  I see the sun's rays streaming across the azaleas in my neighbor's yard across the street.  A welcome sight!  Hope you're having a "good-weather" Sunday! (Photo from Jackson Clarion Ledger)


Jackie said...

I will keep all in prayer! Have a blessed Sunday.

Laurie said...

Glad you're safe!

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. We had some awful storms during the night and early morning here.
When I saw the news this morning I felt so bad for all the storm victims.

We were so thankful it wasn't worse here but my thoughts and prayers are with those who weren't as lucky.

Have a great day.

Tess said...

So sad to hear of this. A prayer will be said now and whenever this post comes to mind for those lost and those left behind to try to understand. Blessings to you and yours and prayers for your continued safety too.

Jennifer said...

Tornadoes scare me, which is really bad since I live in Kansas (and in a mobile home). I keep a close eye on the sky this time of year! Love your blog background. Very pretty!