Monday, February 23, 2009

Tornado

As many of you may have heard, tornado season came early this year here in Oklahoma. These pictures are of the destruction in Lone Grove, which is about five miles west of our home in Ardmore. This tornado killed eight people in a trailer park and one truck driver as it crossed the freeway just north of Ardmore. On Saturday our stake organized the "Mormon Helping Hands" group to help with the cleanup. Michael spent most of the morning picking up debris from some fields so that it will be safe to put the cattle back in them. Michael's parents were visiting for the week and got to experience a little more of Oklahoma than they wanted. That night we had just come home from dinner to celebrate Michael's 28th birthday. As soon as we got out of the car we heard our neighbor yelling across the street to another neighbor about a tornado, and then our siren went off and we went in the house to turn on the news. It was exciting at first to hear from the storm chaser on the news that it had touched down twenty miles south of us, and that it was going north at forty miles an hour, then to hear that it was going strait for Lone Grove made us realize that if it started to turn east it would be coming at us. My mother-in-law was not the least bit excited about any of this, especially realizing that we did not have a storm shelter yet! Relief mildly explains how we felt to hear that it was going straight north through Lone Grove, and crossing the freeway just north of our little town. All of our ward members were very lucky, some of their homes being missed by just yards, and the most damage done to any of their homes was just missing a few shingles.








5 comments:

Lieske said...

Thats scary. I am so glad that you guys and all of your ward members are safe! Crazy how destructive mother nature can be. Again Im so glad you guys are safe! By the way how have you guys been?

Travis and Rhonda said...

Wow--makes for some interesting history for your family. I'm glad that the tornado missed you guys! So is the spring project to build a storm shelter??

Kelsie Dawn said...

Glad you guys are safe! Every since I watched the movie "Twister" I have been so scared of Tornados!-even reading your post made my heart start to pound! Again I'm so glad you guys are okay- and I think it is so neat that your ward is helping out!
Kelsie

shawfamily said...

That is so scary... you watch movies and hear things on the news and just don't ever think it'll happen to us... so I"m so grateful you guys are okay... really you need to get on that underground storm shelter huh :D...

Kelsie Dawn said...

I changed my URL
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:) if you were wondering!
Kelsie