Monday, May 9, 2011

Alabama Tornadoes {pics via our lake condo}

Note: If you're a new reader just know that I try to not talk about serious topics because, honestly, this blog is my safe haven from all the yucky news of the world. But since the news is happening all around me I can't help but to not post about this. I'll be back to our regularly scheduled fun and inspiring topics tomorrow :)

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you've heard that we (Alabama) got hit with an epic amount of tornadoes on April 27 (see exactly how many on this map). In fact, the government has just recently declared Alabama a category one natural disaster, which is in the same category as Katrina and 9/11.

It was a very scary night. The tornado siren went off just as we were finishing up  Modern Family and we very quickly (yet calmly) jumped into action. We were watching the radar from our computers, candles lit throughout the house, trying to keep the pups calm, staying near the hallway where we had brought in and flipped over wrought iron outdoor chairs to protect our heads. There wasn't a minute where the sky was actually dark even though it was nighttime. It looked as if there was a giant strobe light on outside and it just felt extremely eerie. Luckily, the tornado we were bracing for hit just north of us and we just had hail and wind damage.

Once place out of many that wasn't spared was Lake Martin, where our lake condo is located. Luckily, the damage wasn't that bad to our property but the pics above are a few that my mom snapped this past weekend of what used to be houses a few slough's down from ours. The tornado ended up being an EF-4 that was 44 miles long and 1/2 mile wide.

On a more humorous note, the guy sitting in what used to be his room (last pic) yelled down to mom  "Want a house? It's a bit of a fixer-upper but a few coats of paint could do wonders!"  Gotta love his optimism. So there you have it. My super serious post. Please PLEASE donate if you can. Our poor little state is shattered beyond belief :(

To Donate:  Visit and click on the “donate now” link on the homepage

Text $10: Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 straight from your phone. A response will include two options for donations, either to Japan or to the southern spring storms.


  1. Prayers and thoughts go out to Alabama! Those photos are so heartbreaking but I love how your neighbor finds humor in such a trying time. Hang in there!

  2. Oh my goodness- my thoughts and prayers are with you sweetie. So so sorry!!

  3. Precious Rachel,
    I have been praying for your state and it just slipped my mind you lived there. I am so glad God kept you and that sweet husband safe. He is doing amazing work with his cement/wine bottle planters and the mothers day presents were stunning out of the olive almost looked like cedar.
    stay safe and happy, sweet one
    hugs and love
    simply debbie

  4. Hey girl, I got the chance to head out to the lake this past weekend & see all the damage. I'm so glad to hear ya'lls condo is okay.


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