Yikes! That sucker was huge!!! I kept watching as the twister went through their community and kept going and then called my mom. She said that they heard it coming and had already cleared out a spot under their stairs to hide in. Once it was on them, they both got in there and just prayed. She said it sounded "just like a freight train," but 30 seconds later, it was gone. My dad said that he opened the door and could see debris all over everything outside. The Lord sure protected them as it is obvious that the tornado went right by their house! The only damage to their actual house was some bumps and bruises to the gutters, a cracked outer pane of a tiny window, a 2x4 that spiked through their roof and let water drip onto the ceiling making a large brown spot, and LOTS of their trees down. They were totally fine!!
You can see the tornado's path as it ripped through neighborhoods. This is the neighborhood in front of my parent's. Their house is right next to that lake.
The middle of the three houses closest to the lake is my parents. There USED to be a nice thick tree line.
|This is the street right before my parent's street. I can't tell you how often I've walked this street|
Just a few minutes after I got there, a whole crew of church members showed up with chainsaws and man power to clear all the snapped trees. It was AWESOME!
|There USED to be an awesome row of Cyprus trees between the houses. The poor neighbor obviously had some damage as well as completely losing his detached garage.|
|We had fun even if it was hard work|
One of the coolest parts of the day was when four teenagers, sophomores in high school, came over to me and said, "Sir, can we help you?" They jumped right in and helped us pick up all the trash, shingles, busted siding and large sticks that littered the yard. It's pretty cool to have complete strangers show kindness. Cool kids!
|Left to Right: Braxton, Allie, Haley, Brandon|
P.S. Braxton lost half of his house but was over here helping us
|It's hard to see how big those piles are, but they are HUGE!|
It really is a sobering experience to see the raw power of nature. But at the same time, it really is a faith-building sight to know that my God is so big and powerful that there is nothing He cannot do. I praise Him for keeping my parents safe through the storm.
Thanks for reading!