Alabama Tornadoes

This has been a bad day in the deep south. Especially hard hit is my home state of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama, was hit particularly hard today. Right now, just a couple of hours after the massive, mile-wide tornado struck Tuscaloosa, there is untold damage and deaths. Many people are trapped inside their homes and buildings. Early reports are that this was the biggest of them all; an F-5 tornado. It is highly unusual for a tornado of this magnitude to hit a populated city. This tornado stayed on the ground and hit Birmingham, about a 40 minute drive from Tuscaloosa. Both towns have been particularly hard hit. A fire station in Birmingham was wiped out. Major buildings throughout both cities have crumbled.

Also, at this time, there are at least six reported deaths in Arab, Alabama. Arab has been hit twice by dangerous weather today. In fact, towns in Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Alabama have been hard hit today by tornadoes. It just seems it hit Alabama worse today. I'm not sure how many people have been left homeless due to these tornadoes in Alabama today. I worry about these people, especially the elderly and very young that were in harm's way today. It's days like today when you realize just how quickly your life can turn around. I am sure a lot of people did not wake up this morning thinking the weather would be as bad as it was today. Sure, they knew bad weather was on the way. They took proper precautions. But, precautions are all you can do with tornadoes. They will go and do what they please on this earth. All we can do is get out of the way. I home those of you reading this entry today will join with me in praying or, at least, give a moment of thought to the people throughout the south who are hurt, injured or homeless today. Pray for the familes of those who have been killed.

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