Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Safe but Broken Hearted

Thanks to all who emailed me to see if I was safe from the horrible storm of yesterday. I am about 10 to 12 miles from Moore where the tornado touched down.
I still have friends who live in Moore that I don't know their status. All of our phone service (including cell phones) was out yesterday. Well, the cell phone worked intermittently. People who have never experienced a tornado cannot imagine the damage. Here are some photos from Chris C Anderson for the Business Insider.
In the photo on the left, you can still see the shapes of the houses, even though they are damaged beyond repair. Most of the damage looked more like the photo on the right. It looks like this in much of the city:
If the tornado left a tree, the tree had no bark and was only a stump:
This is the hospital...or what's left of the hospital. It had 10 to 15 cars inside.
The "X" on the car shows it has been searched for bodies.
It was hard to even identify the structures that were left. The loss of life is so low because we have so many of these storms that we have the most up-to-date storm forecasting equipment in the world. The only thing is that there is not much time from sunny skies to bad tornado..maybe 20 minutes.
These storms always bring out the best in the people of Oklahoma City, the USA and even the world. In fact, the rush to help can be a problem until there is some sort of organization. Here is a group of bystanders digging someone out of the debris.

My little daughter-in-law works as a nurse at the pediatric intensive care unit at Children's Hospital and she worked all night. I haven't talked to her but Eric tells me that it was bad.

They are still looking for survivors. My children and I are all okay. We thank God and pray for those that are not all right. Please join us in prayers. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart to those who emailed me to check on me. It meant the world to me! Love all you guys! Bev

15 comments:

Deborah said...

I was just looking for your email to write to you. Thank you for your post. I was very worried about you and your family and happy to know you are all ok. Such sadness everywhere. I have family in Kansas and I hold my breath when it's tornado season.

Norma's Clay said...

Thank God you're all ok. As I saw the news yesterday I was thinking of you and remembering yesterday's blog post. Oklahoma will be on my ptayers.

Missy Shay said...

I am so glad you and your family are ok!I will definitely keep everyone in my prayers, how terrible!

20 North Ora said...

So glad you are okay! That was so terrible. The photos are just awful and all those poor little children. I know they were so scared.

Blessings to you today!

Judy

gilly said...

Bev, you were in my thoughts and I prayed for you & your family, and Charlie & Lola this morning. So happy to read that you are ok. Such devastation is so hard to comprehend, but thankful that God kept you safe.
Love & hugs xx

Lynn said...

I was so relieved to see your post this morning Bev. You've been in my prayers, along with the rest of the good people from Oklahoma.

Kaaren said...

What a horrific tragedy, Bev. I'm so happy to hear that you and your loved ones are safe. My prayers go out to the less fortunate and the ones who didn't make it.

I'm still shaking my head in disbelief.

Nikita said...

Glad you and your family are safe!

Elsina said...

Thank God you are ok Bev! I saw the video of the elderly lady who found her dog alive in the rubble. At least some good news in this terrible tragedy. Keeping everybody there in my prayers.
hugs, Elsina

Karen Walker said...

i thought about you all day yesterday...looking for a blog post from you, not knowing exactly how close you were. I was in town staying with my parents this weekend and told them all about you and our friendship. Thankfully you and your family are safe...and we are all praying for all who are suffering.
I was very relieved to see 44th Street Fabric on my blogroll when i returned home moments ago. <3

barbara woods said...

praying so glad you are o k

dortha said...

So glad you and yours are okay. S o sorry for the ones who lost much.

Lurline said...

We are kept informed of the tragedy, I guess all the world is. God bless you all!
Hugs - Lurline.

GO STARS! said...

So glad to hear you and your family are okay. The devastation is just so heartbreaking. The videos and pictures just make me speechless. You just want to hug the people and make the hurt go away.

sew.darn.quilt said...

I'm so relieved you and yours are all alright, I'm looking at the pictures and am heartsick for those that have lost family and friends.