Tornado Warning

We have heartache and devastation in my area today.  I haven’t even seen all the devastation that has gone through because the storm has only just left our area within the last couple hours and sometimes it’s just best to let professionals do their work without people getting in the way.

I haven’t heard the exact severity but we’ve heard anywhere from a F3-F4 tornado hit Joplin tonight.  I live about 30 minutes from there and it was headed our direction.  Apparently the West side of town got hit bad but the tornado picked up speed as it headed toward the east end of town.  Once it left town they say it lost some of the speed/power.

Here are some photos that I’ve found on facebook.

The Storm coming

Joplin High School

Joplin Wal-Mart at 15th and Rangeline

This is at I-44 and 71 at the 249 bypass.  Flying J is in this area and they say it is gone.

So far the count is 24 dead.  No idea if that is official or even completely finished.

There are video’s on YouTube, on our local stations there is coverage (fourstateshomepage.com, weatherchannel.com, fox14tv.com)

My {step}daughter is fine!  My mother-in-law works at one of the hospitals, and she is fine.  The other hospital in the area (just around the corner) is completely destroyed.  They said it was like an atomic bomb going off.  Range Line which is one of the major roads in town with most of the businesses/restaurants is almost completely destroyed.

I have goosebumps and chills and am in tears typing this.  These tornado’s seem to be getting closer and closer to home and it’s so scary!

I wish I could find more photos and as I do find more photos I’ll be sure to share them with you.  Please keep these people and our area in your prayers!

0 thoughts on “Tornado Warning

  1. You, your loved ones and your neighbors are all in our prayers. I am so glad to hear that you made it out okay and please let us readers know if there is anything we can do to help.

  2. Prayers for all who are facing these terrible tradgedies of weather .Glad your family is safe , and God willing will continue to be so . Stay safe girl.And sending you a big old cyber hug

  3. I saw friends on Facebook posting about the tornado, then came on Blogger and saw your post.

    I am so glad your loved ones are ok, and my thoughts go out to everyone affected by this.

  4. oh my gosh!! this is just devastating! I am happy to hear that your step daughter and mother-in-law are safe.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your community

  5. I live in the St. Louis area and everything on tv is coverage from the Joplin tornado. Its just terrible! My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone!

  6. OMG…it is sooo scary, we RARELY ever have tornadoes (like ever) or even warnings but I hear of them in the states a lot and i always felt bad but now that I have bloggy friends around the states, it scares me even more! Praying that everyone is okay!

  7. I thought of you while watching the news this morning. I didn't know how far you were from any of it, all I heard was MO & thought of you. Glad to hear you're all safe. Please stay that way. Sending prayers!!

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