I wanted to grab more videos of survival stories on the Joplin, Mo. and Tuscaloosa, AL tornadoes. I don’t find those right now. But here is a great story of survival in the Nashville Flood.
Nashville Flood: click here.
Here is a link to some incredible photos of the Tuscaloosa Tornado. So many people are concerned that I thought I needed to put these up. There were many lives lost and much structural damage. Realize that the same tornado that made all the damage that you see, continued into suburbs of Birmingham, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Pratt City, Fultondale, Mulga among others. On the same day Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, Culman, Athens, Huntsville, Cahaba Heights, Moody, Arab, Guntersville, Dadeville/Lake Martin and many other towns and cities were hit by tornadoes.
Alabama is making the best of the situation and moving forward despite
tremendous obstacles. We shall overcome Alabama. Keep putting one step in front of the other.
In 96 cities, towns and counties, government workers, private contractors and volunteers continue to tackle the rest — another 4 million cubic yards.
Gone from yards and roadsides are almost 6 million cubic yards of debris — enough to put a six-foot-high cover on all four lanes of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Mobile.
Statements from the Al.com blog: click here for full report.
I found this blog, Why we need the Storm, by a woman who had been through the recent storms in Alabama. But I did not connect her to the tragedy that struck them.
She is the wife of the man who is giving his story in this video, Mr. Crawford:
I am amazed by the people who can stand up and say what they say as Kelly does here:
If there were no storms, we would never rejoice over serenity.
If there were no rain, we would never fully appreciate blue skies.
If there were no darkness, we could not contrast it with light.
If there were no thunder, we wouldn’t enjoy the quiet.
If there were no turbulence, we wouldn’t need a mighty Stronghold, we wouldn’t know Peace in the midst, we wouldn’t cling to a Savior who holds all things in the palm of His hand.
I believe the picture you see in the blog if you click it is of their home or the remainder of it.
You can help the Crawford’s here: http://www.bradrick.org/helpalfamilies/
Here is the Tuscaloosa, AL fly over that says it all. There were many lives lost and much structural damage. Realize that the same tornado that made all the damage that you see, continued into suburbs of Birmingham, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Pratt City, Fultondale, Mulga among others. On the same day Hackleburg, Phil Campbell, Culman, Athens, Huntsville, Cahaba Heights, Moody, Arab, Guntersville, Dadeville/Lake Martin and many other towns and cities were hit by tornadoes.
Update: here is a great video from CNN showing the damage:
Update: linked here is a tripline map–very good job!
Update: here are label photos of the Tuscaloosa, AL damage from the April 27, 2011 tornado.
Tornado Damage, April 27, 2011
This young man’s dad died in the den with all his 13 children and wife. All other family members survived. He tells his story very bravely and honors his dad and God very well. I could not hold up as well as this young man, Jordan Lee, does. God bless him, his neighbors, the Crawfords and Boyds, who also lost their homes.
Help the Lee family or other families here.
This is a collection of tributes to those affected by the Alabama tornadoes on April 27, 2011. My prayer for those whom I know is that they would not get weary by all they are facing. That they would not feel hopeless, thought they want to give up hope at times. That they would not faint but would regain strength from God, their source.
IS 57:10 You wearied yourself by such going about,
but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength,
and so you did not faint.
There is a new day today Alabama!! Look up and see it.
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April 27th will be a day many people do not forget all of their lives. For about 4 hours in the evening the TV weather men were covering 3 tornadoes at any given time. These tornadoes hit Tuscaloosa, Concord, Pratt City, Pleasant Grove, Fultondale, Hackleburg, Athens, Huntsville, Alabaster, Elmore County and many more sites.
I want to give you just a small view of the devastation that has occurred in the state of Alabama in about a 4 hour period.
But God’s people find hope in Him. He is their comfort and He is their stay. The prophet Isaiah tells us how to respond in situation like these:
Isaiah57:10: You were wearied with the length of your way,
but you did not say, “It is hopeless”;
you found new life for your strength,
and so you were not faint.
Though devastating to so many and some have even lost their lives–this is a dark time but it is also a time where we find strength to make new beginnings. My prayer is that the people rise up and find their hope in the Lord. If He is the God who is there, he uses events like these to cause is to come to Him. To find in Him our source, because he is the Source.
Off to help some of those not so fortunate tomorrow!!
Campus video of Tuscaloosa Tornado