Tornado Watch

Wednesday, June 1, 6:45pm–Heavy rain and hailstones as big as chick peas. At the laundromat the TV is showing pictures of wrecked houses in Springfield, I noticed a woman grooving on the excitement. I don’t know why we love other people’s disasters so much. Human nature I guess.

What a start to the official first day of hurricane season.

It’s been tough adjusting to the instant July, humidity included, especially after we didn’t have Spring. It all depends on which way the wind blows, now it’s from the South.

The National Hurricane Center has a map of the Atlantic seaboard with frequently updated storm tracks. There are two off Florida now, but they don’t look severe. The prediction is for an active season.

THE DAY AFTER: Here’s the ABC News report. Four dead, dozens injured, houses down in West Springfield and surrounding towns. The video is shocking to watch, parts of Springfield were devastated. In the 80’s we had a very stormy summer and tornadoes swept through downtown Providence. This summer is starting off hot and humid, instant July after a Spring of March. feels crazy.

Storm Damage

Our good friend Sekanblogger brings us word from Joplin, Missouri, in the wake of the tornado that devastated the town on Sunday.

Yesterday, I took off from my morning job and the wife, younger daughter, her friend and I all went to Joplin and evacuated my two grandkids. Taking two vehicles, we picked up the kid’s clothes and other small personal items. Hopefully this will free up my older daughter and her husband to take care of things without worry.

After reaching Joplin, it took another hour and a half to get to her house. Most roads in were blocked, and the officers there were all from out town, so they could not tell us how or where to get in at. I only saw one person get let through, and that was because she was there to identify her son’s body. She said this so matter-of-fact like that it was shocking.

Kansas Mediocrity has photos of houses and buildings torn apart, trees down, cars buried.

We send our sympathy and support to all the people who suffered this week from the worst that nature can dish out.