Friday, April 27, 2012

One Year Ago

One year ago everyone's lives in alabama was changed... I remember the day like yesterday.. we had been told all week to be prepared for bad weather but we never thought it was going to be like it was... i remember waking up at 4am to the tornado warnings... luckily it was north of us ... then at 9am we went back under another tornado warning .. at that time in the shoals we had a funnel cloud over our town.. it caused trees to fall down and alot of small damaged happened in our area... i remember all of a sudden grabbing my kids and huddling in the corner of our house and the house was shaking ... mins later my friend crystal called me crying and panicking .. she said trees were down everywhere 5 mins down the road from my house and that she couldnt get to her house .. she and her two kids came over ... i was calling nathan who at that time was at the ferry working letting him know we were ok and begging him to hurry home when there was a break in the storms.. lil did we know we were in for much worse... nathan got home around 1pm ... me, him, crystal, and the four kids were steadily watching the weather .. around 230 we went under a tornado warning again.. we again huddled in the corner ( to let you know we have NO SAFE spot in our house really ... i remember nathan going outside to look around and all of a sudden it got really dark .. hunter asked me why it was nite time during the day and i suggested we sing songs.. the house started shaking a lil again and i looked around the corner to see nathan saying take cover.. lil did we know at that moment a funnel cloud was over our house trying to touch down.. moments later the darkness lifted but many were not safe... an ef5 tornado had touched down in hackleburg and lvled the town .. it then moved onto phil campbell and destroyed half of that town... as that tornado was going into lawrence county we were watching a tornado (another ef5) on the tv hitting cullman county , when all of a sudden they said another tornado was on the ground in tusculoosa (ef4 which hit birmingham also).. as we were listening nathan said you got to call your dad now.. i called my father and screamed at him to take cover now ... i remembering hanging up with him worried sick and scared not knowing what was going to happen... the ef5 tornado that hit hackleburg and phil campbell tore thru lawrence county and destroyed many of my friends homes .. it came within less then a quarter mile of my fathers house and if he wasnt taking cover he could have watched it from his front porch go across the field in front of his house... shortly after 4 our power went off and we didnt know who was safe and who wasnt... i finally got ahold of my father and found out he was safe.. i told him about where it had hit .. after it left lawrence county the tornado continued on to tanner and then madison county.. this one tornado tracked for over 120 miles ... it left many ppl without power for weeks due to it tearing up the major power lines belonging to the ferry.. nathan and many others rushed to the ferry that nite to work on getting generators hooked up to keep the stacks cool since there was no power at all... the next day me and my kids went to take clothes and help my dad get his food to our house so it wouldnt get bad.. i drove down the road and i was in tears immediatly..everything was gone.. Hunter just kept saying mommy what happened .. so i explained to a 3 yr old the best i could... we both cried and cried .. i took some pics which i will share but at one point i just couldnt take anymore because so much had been destroyed... In total that day we lost over 200 lives from the tornado outbreak... please remember these families as they are still recovering today from these storms.. here is a video of the damage in lawrence county and some pics i took 
 this is the field in front of my dads house where the tornado tracked through
 this used to be sunny's bbq .. it is completely gone and still is =(

Here is also a video i took myself of the damage pls excuse the jumping around i was driving at the time i believe this is on 157 going towards moulton as it crossed the hwy going towards langtown
And here is a video of when the tornado first started and the damage in hackleburg 

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