Tornadoes are nothing to be treated lightly. Those of us who live in "tornado alley" know that -- they are devastating storms that should be respected.
We awoke today to the news that the city south of us (Joplin, Missouri) that I've often mentioned had been flattened by a tornado. At least 75% of the city is damaged (and it's not a small city -- it's population is 50,000) and we've heard reports of 90 deaths.
It's such big news that it is even on our NEWS over here!!! Complete with a live reporter!!!!
Many of our son-in-law's family members live in and around Joplin but we've also heard that they are all right. Not so, children of two of our friends -- although they and their families are safe, they've lost their cars and their homes and their job (because that business was also flattened by the tornado!)
Many people from our town have been going south to help with rescue efforts. It's nice to see people pulling together for a common good.
We feel so helpless over here and that all we can offer is our prayers.