Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tragic Day in Alabama

In my last post I mentioned we were expecting bad weather this week.  Well it hit Alabama yesterday.  There have been numerous tornadoes in our state ...one after the other.  Storm sirens going off ... the weather people were on television all day long warning of the storms.  So many people do not have power or water.  We are so lucky to have power and survive the brunt of any of the tornadoes.  We have found debris from houses in our yard.  The huge tornado that tore across the state was south of us by several miles.  Tornadoes were north of us also.
Dozens of people are dead ... people missing. The last count I heard was at least 162 dead here in Alabama, more I am sure to be found. So many more injuries. Homes and entire towns destroyed. In Tuscaloosa where The University of Alabama is located, businesses, homes and apartments destroyed. Students killed and missing. So sad. I watched the tornado on TV as it made its way through homes and businesses. Twisted metal everywhere and cars tossed upside down. Some towns no longer exist.

We were so lucky here in my town.  People are coming from surrounding towns to our local gas stations. Walmart is packed with people buying water and food.

Yesterday morning my husband and I received a call from my aunt (who has been like a mother to me since my mother went to Heaven years ago) that my sweet precious uncle (who was like my dad) was not doing well in a Birmingham hospital.  He had fallen last week and broke his hip.  He passed away as tornado warnings were going off in the hospital.  We were standing over his bed in ICU as the first of the storms passed through.  Another of my family members gone to Heaven with Amber.  I can just see my Amber and uncle reunited again!

The sun is shining here today as I help my aunt with funeral arrangements for my uncle.  It has been a sad couple of days.  A sad day for my family and other families who have lost their loved ones from the tornadoes.

Please pray for the families of our state and surrounding states.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

19 comments:

Cindy said...

Donna...lifting you up in prayer my friend.What a glorious promise we have from God..eternity with Him!!I know you are hurting right now...I will be praying for God's comforting arms to hold you!

Yes we are all praying for those in your state. How awful!!We could be sent to the area as insurance adjusters.If so I will give you an email...maybe we could meet up.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Linda said...

Yes lots of prayers! I'm so sorry for the loss of your uncle. Big hugs.

Stitched With Prayer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss and all those suffering from the tragic storms. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I thought of you earlier and was hoping you were ok. there has been so much loss of life and destruction. So sorry to hear of your family's loss.

from my front porch... said...

Donna!! So happy to hear you are alright. We just now got our power back on, and I had to check on you. I was soooooo very worried :(
We had a rough, rough night. ugh. A lot of damage, houses gone, and a few deaths...where we live. J is going to very busy in the coming weeks with all the enormous, old trees we lost.
But we and all the *kids* are ok!

So sorry to hear of your family's loss. You will all be in my prayers...as always!
xo, misha

Betty Lou said...

My prayers are with you, your family, and all those affected by these storms. Please let your blogger friends know if there is anything we can do to help. Hugs

erin said...

oh donna, i have been wondering about you. sounds like it literally hit close to home. so scary! i am so sorry about your uncle too. we had no damage here, except flooding and lots of closed schools. the poor weather people worked their patooty's off all day yesterday. i did put the cats in the bathroom for a while when it seemed dangerous. so sunny and beautiful today....such a difference! glad you are o.k!
sending prayers to your alabama neighbors...
erin
xxoo

Bernie said...

So pleased to see you are okay, I have been praying for all the States hit by tornadoes.
there are over 200 dead now and so many have lost their homes and everything they own. Sending big hugs my friend, stay safe, xo

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Donna,
I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle...please know that I will keep your aunt and all your family in my prayers. This has been so bad...still can't believe how many family and friends have been in the path of all of this. I will post about this soon. Take care:)

Blessings,
Linda

Mama Pea said...

Donna, thanks for your post. I have been worried about you all day. I've been thinking about you and hoping you are okay. I am relieved to hear you are. I am so sorry to hear about your uncle, though. My goodness. You are having a rough couple of years. Big hugs to you. Sending every possible positive thought I can in your direction! Hugs.

Jen in NY said...

Donna, I'm so glad you're ok, but so sad for everything that's gone on around you. I'm sorry about your uncle, this must be such a difficult time. Please let me know if there's anything I can do. {{hugs}} Jen

Marilyn said...

I'm sorry to hear your sad news about your uncle and all the devastation in your area. Will keep you, your family, and the people in my prayers. Stay safe. ♥♫

Lisa said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks for your post to let us all know you and your family survived the storms uninjured. Yes, we are praying for all affected by these storms.
I wrote a post yesterday about when a tornado hit my family's home when we lived in Anniston in 1967 and were inside at the time as these storms brought back so many memories. I am from Alabama and my family's cemetery is located in the Hueytown area north of B'ham where I understand it was pretty hard hit too. Not too many of my family members still living now, or at least the ones I knew though still enjoy making the trip to 'visit' in the cemetery. Graduated from high school in Huntsville and still have friends up there...hope they are okay.
My sympathies to you, your aunt and your family on your uncle's heaven's homecoming.
Lisa

erin said...

hi donna,
i am watching the national news coverage of the devastation in alabama and just had to come back and check on you dear. my heart is just breaking for all who suffered in this storm. i fear, tuscaloosa will never be the same. what town are you in?
sending prayers,
erin
xxoo

ABamaMom said...

I'm so glad you are all safe! I was thinking of you and hoping all was well...thanks for thinking of me! Will hopefully have elect. and internet by the end of the week! We really need to get together soon...'specially after all this! I need a break!!!

Denise said...

I send my prayers and my thoughts are with you and the family..... What a tragic day in your state...... My hearts go out to you......... and my prayers for all the family...

donna said...

Oh my gosh Donna I am so glad you are ok. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your uncle.
Hugs
donna

Blue Creek Home said...

I just saw your post on Linda's sidebar at Coastal Charm and wanted to stop by.
I am sorry to hear about your uncle. How wonderful to know that he and your beautiful daughter are together.
I am glad you okay. I am continuing to pray for all of the pain and suffering that is around us right now.
Rhonda

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

So very sorry to hear about your uncle. Praying for you and your family. Love & blessings from NC!