Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Big Wind...No, Not Me.

Happy Hump Day

I know I promised my next post would be about weddings and big winds, but the wonderful photographer who took pictures at our happy event left for a cruise a week later so I don't have those to share. Rather than subject you to fuzzy cell phone snapshots, I'm going to save the wedding news till next time.

Well...okay, one cell phone shot.

My grandson and his bride.

Now, on to big winds...

Late in the evening on Memorial Day, May 27, our local TV weather broke in on regular programming to announce a tornado warning. To be honest, this was a bit of a ho-hum event. We get warnings all the time, especially in the surrounding counties which are mostly flat farm country. But this wasn't for those counties. This was for us.

For those of you who've never dealt with tornadoes, daylight is better than night. You can see a funnel cloud coming during the day.  At night you pretty much have to trust the nice lady on the TV who's telling you to seek shelter NOW!  I'll admit I dragged my feet a little but when the most recent sighting put the tornado at the intersection where I do my grocery shopping and heading our way, I scooped up the dog and headed for the basement.

I hate riding out a storm in the basement, not knowing what's going on above. We sat there listening to the wind, rain, and hail pound the house, and to the latest radio updates via my cell phone. Finally, they sounded the all clear. The tornado that was heading for us had lifted back into the clouds. I gathered up Sophie and started to head upstairs when the alert sounded again. A second tornado had touched down and was following a path very close to the first. And so went the night.

When the National Weather Service finished their investigation a few days later, they confirmed 18 tornadoes hit our area that night, ranging from EF0 to EF4. The one that passed closest to us was an EF4.

As I mentioned in my mini-post last week, we were incredibly blessed. Our home sustained no damage.  Others were not so lucky. Many homes and businesses in several towns were destroyed or severely damaged.  Whole neighborhoods wiped out. Cars were tossed about and trees uprooted or broken off. Many people lost everything they had.

There are lots of pictures online of these storms if you care to Google them (Memorial Day tornadoes Dayton, OH). I find them too sad to post. I'd rather tell you about:

 The quirky...

We visited a lady from our church whose roof was perfectly intact, and sitting on top of her neighbor's house. The rest of the roofless house had only minor damage.

A car dealership that wasn't hit directly had the rear window of every vehicle blown out by the extreme change in air pressure (evidently the glass in rear windows is weaker than in the others). 

A local resturant had been impaled by numerous branches driven by the wind into the concrete wall like iron spikes.

And the heartwarming...

In addition to the hundreds of volunteers who came out to chain saw downed trees, clear away debris, and distribute water and food to victims and other volunteers, many people - and especially local churches - started donation drives and set up distribution points for clothing, personal care items, diapers and baby food, etc.

Some combed through the debris scattered in their neighborhood, looking for items of personal value (i.e. photo albums), then posted pictures and descriptions online hoping someone would know the owner and the items could be returned.

Many people took in pets who had been separated from their families and, again, shared pictures online so the families could be reunited.  Nothing made me happier than to see one of those posts updated with "Family found. Fluffy is home." 

It is said that disaster and tragedy brings our the best in people, and the worst. Sure, we had some that tried to profit off someone else's misery, but I'm happy to say the spirit of 'love and take of care your neighbor' is alive and well in and around Dayton, Ohio.

Sadly, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods was one where the residents were less likely to have  insurance or the financial means to recover what they've lost. Please continue to pray from them, for all those affected by the storms, and for all those who are working to help. Thanks.

And since it's hump day - though a little late in the day - here are a couple quick funnies.

 What do you think? Did he deserve it?

Every parent will relate to this one.

 But I'd still like to see her try.

 And here's your "aw"...

Now that's just flat out beautiful.

I'd like to say I'm going to be back on my regular schedule next week but there's still so much disaster work to be done, I can't promise. Have a great week. I'll try to visit when I can.

Quote for Today:

You can always give something, even if it's only kindness.  ~ Anne Frank


Weaver said...

The nobility of mankind during tough times can be so wonderful.

Love the kangaroo picture. lol Stealing!

Stacy McKitrick said...

The miracle with all those tornadoes: only one death. That really shocked me, especially when I saw all the damage. Glad you made it out okay. We did, too, but man, what a night.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

What a blessing you weren't hit. That is wild the one roof sat on the other house intact. A tornado hit the town just north of us a couple years ago and one house literally rolled across the highway and was sitting on the other side. Scary what they can do.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thank God you were spared. Sounds like the good in people came out with those helping the ones not so fortunate. said...

We've had a series of mini-tornadoes here these past few years. But it's nothing like the ones you get. Stay safe.

Thank you for the heartwarming and silly pictures.

Jemi Fraser said...

It's lovely to hear the best of people when horrible tragedies strike. We don't have tornadoes in our area - they must be so scary!!! Those facts you list would be great details for a story!!!
Love the pic of your grandson and his new wife - many congrats to them!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I'm glad your home was spared. Tornadoes are scary, especially after dark. As amateur radio operators, my hubby and I were on the air late one night keeping track of a couple of tornadoes for the National Weather Service.(Hams gather and report relevant info to the Service.) I'll never forget it. During the net, one fella said, "I know where it is. It's at my house!" The poor guy's house and yard sustained a lot of damage, but shortly after sunrise, he was at the Red Cross shelter bright and early with the rest of us, prepared to help with damage assessment.

Tanza Erlambang said...

Tornado is scary for many people...glad you safe

LD Masterson said...

Donna - Steal away.

Stacy - Good to hear you made it through okay, too.

Diane - It's mind boggling sometimes. I've seen a house where the flower pots weren't even blown off the porch and two lots down the whole house is gone.

Alex - It was so good to see people respond that way. Restores faith.

Robyn - Thanks, and I'm glad you liked them.

Jemi - I've been through hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. For me, the tornadoes are the scariest. And thanks for the good wishes for the newlyweds.

Susan F.S. - Hams do a great service. And I'm always in awe of people who leave their own damage behind to help others.

Tanza - Thank you. Me, too.

Mason Canyon said...

I'm so glad you and your family are okay. It's touching to know that people still care about their fellow man (and pets). Keeping you and others in your area in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

Mike Keyton said...

It sounds like the Blitz. Horrible. My heart goes out to those who've lost everything, but thankful you're okay.
Great pic of your grandson and bride. So much pride and hope.

And yest, I enjoyed your two funnies.

Maria Zannini said...

I hope you're pacing yourself. I know how you get when you're out helping others, you forget all about taking care of yourself.

Bad girl. :)

LD Masterson said...

Mason - Thsnk you. And, yes, it does the heart good to see people respond that way.

Mike - i can't imagine what the Blitz was like but people here who have begin to war zones say the destruction reminds them of that. (And thanks.)

Maria - Who me? I'm actually trying to do more support functions than the heavy duty stuff. My knees are setting their own limits. Lol.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi LD - I look forward to the wedding photos in due course ... but your grandson and his bride look a delightful couple. Tornadoes must be too terrible to deal with ... I'm just glad to read there's help around ... also this is where social media works in a positive way. Thank you ... all the best with everything that needs to be done - Hilary

mshatch said...

I am so glad we don't get tornadoes here in Maine. I'll take a blizzard any day. Glad you're safe.