Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Deadly Storms in Oklahoma

By now, you're all watching the horrific results from the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma yesterday. From watching my Channel 9 weather app on my iPhone, the area had two days of tornados. Thankfully, I was in Louisiana, enjoying our monthly visit and celebrating our daughter's 30th birthday--early.

Yesterday (Monday) we traveled back to Yukon. We always travel Highway 69 out of NE Texas to Gainesville and get on I-35 toward OKC. A couple of months ago, a friend told us about a 'short-cut' turning off I-35 on Hwy. 9 and heading toward Newcastle so that we don't have to drive through Norman or OKC. Traffic is always terrible so we've enjoyed trekking the back roads.

When we came through yesterday, we knew Oklahoma was expecting more horrible weather. Once we got through Ardmore, I turned on my weather app and we listened and saw the tornado hit Moore. We came through Paul's Valley not long BEFORE a tornado was sighted there too. We drove through Newcastle AFTER the tornado hit there.

Living in Oklahoma has been a blessing in many ways: I have many writer friends. We have a wonderful church. It's also been terrifying--especially when you read about its history of tornados, and see what happened in Moore yesterday.

Homes and businesses were destroyed. Schools were hit. Children died. How does one ever recover from losing a child in such a horrific manner?

If you'd like to help people in Moore, Oklahoma, you can text the word FOOD to 32333.  A ten dollar donation will be sent to help the victims and that ten dollars will be added to your cell phone bill. If you'd rather not do that, then pray. That's the best thing you can do for the people who have lost loved ones and everything they own.

As I write this, it's hailing here--thundering and getting dark. We're expecting storms all this week. 
All prayers welcome.


Jan Newman said...

God bless and protect all of you.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm glad you are save. I was so shocked and saddened to hear this. Been to Oklahoma many times in my day.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Glad you are all right! Terrifying. We've been lucky so far this year in NC.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Thinking of you, Jess. Stay safe!

Georgia said...

So very glad to know you are okay.

Georgia said...

So glad to know you are safe. Take care!