A season of devastation, a sense of community

UPDATE: Here is video of the horrifying twister that struck Tuscaloosa. (You can hear the videographer breathing heavily, panicked no doubt, throughout the footage.)

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.

Parts of my home state of Alabama have been devastated — simply devastated — by a volley of violent tornadoes that swept across the northern areas of the state, killing more than a hundred people. Violent tornadoes also ripped across other parts of the Deep South. From the NYT:

ATLANTA — The death toll in five Southern states rose sharply Thursday morning to 173 after devastating storms ripped through the region, spawning a deadly tornado in downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala., and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings in an area already battered by storms.

Across Alabama, at least 128 people were killed by storms on Wednesday alone, according to news reports. The Associated Press reported an additional 32 deaths in Mississippi, 11 in Georgia and 1 each in Tennessee and Virginia. . .

The tornado was only the latest in a series that have struck the southern United States this week, causing heavy rains and flooding in an area stretching from Texas to Georgia, officials said Wednesday.

By Wednesday, the storms, which started Monday evening, had also left more than 50,000 people without power from East Texas to Memphis and destroyed scores of homes as the system moved east into Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The storms were expected to weaken before moving into the Carolinas and up the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

This season has brought an unusually high number of violent tornadoes — a stark reminder of the vicissitudes of Mother Nature. These tragic episodes also serve to remind us of our obligations as a community and a country, no matter our disagreements. In a time of vicious partisan politics, these weather patterns highlight our mutual frailties and inter-dependence.
My prayers are with the victims, their friends and families and the communities trying to recover.

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granny godzilla

April 28th, 2011
9:42 am

“My prayers are with the victims, their friends and families and the communities trying to recover.”

Mine as well.

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
9:45 am

i know the gawdfearing confederate guntoting conservative south doesnt want any BIG LIBRUL GUVMENT help for the tornadoes…they need to stop whining and pull themselves up by their bootstraps

Kamchak

April 28th, 2011
9:46 am

This was the first thing I thought of this morning after last night’s storms.

It is my understanding that The Red Cross has already set up a donations program.

My condolences for those that have lost loved one’s.

Pablo

April 28th, 2011
9:47 am

If there is a silver lining to this type of calamities is that invariably they tend to bring out the best out of people. My prayers are with those affected.

Road Scholar

April 28th, 2011
9:48 am

Well said, Ms Tucker.

kayaker 71

April 28th, 2011
9:48 am

liberalefty,

I have witnessed numerous tasteless comments in both Bookman’s and CT’s blogs over the last couple of years but this one just about wins the plaid rabbit. And you can reproduce…. and vote.

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
9:55 am

@kayaker

southern conservatives are always whining that they dont want big government….well why dont they put their money where their mouth is…if big government is bad then its bad all the time….they say big government is ineffeicient so why are they now begging for the federal governments help now?

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
9:57 am

i know the tea party governors arent going to ask the federal government for help, are they…states rights state rights is all they yak about…so thry need to start cleaning up with any federal government help or money..

emmysmom

April 28th, 2011
10:00 am

Liberallefty, what’s wrong with you? How black is your soul to make a remark like that?

Jack

April 28th, 2011
10:04 am

No one is blamed for these storms. Yet. And that’s a good thing.

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
10:06 am

@emmysmom

if they are against big government, then they shouldnt want any help from this government that they say they hate so much…they should stick to their idiotic convictions not only when its convenient but also in times of disasters like this…

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
10:08 am

@jack

the feds shouldnt give TEA PARTY BAMA one red cent…

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
10:09 am

why didnt god save them?????????????

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
10:13 am

as ususal in times of trouble GOD IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND He must get some perverse pleasure watching people suffer

David S

April 28th, 2011
10:14 am

Just think of how much money individuals would have to rebuild their lives, help their neighbors, etc. if the federal government hadn’t stolen so much in taxes or conspired with the Federal Reserve to destroy the value of their savings. When the end of the dollar comes, and it will soon, the only folks we will be able to rely on are the same ones we have always only been able to rely on – our friends and neighbors. Government is a failure and their hollow gestures using other people’s money in these times of need doesn’t change that fact.

thebob.bob

April 28th, 2011
10:14 am

Maybe global warming is real and predictions of large increases in severe weather are coming true? Maybe God is punishing The South for its extreme Christianist ideology? Maybe The South won’t ask for Federal help because of their radical anti-government political views? Will they vote to raise taxes to support the National Weather Service which provided the tornado warnings? 98% of NOAA climatologists agree that atmospheric CO2 levels above 350ppm will result in more extreme weather events just like this.

Or they can pray. God is certainly testing their faith in rightwing ideology.

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
10:18 am

@david

thats why states shouldnt ask for help….let the states clean up the mess themselves….ha ha ha

jt

April 28th, 2011
10:18 am

liberalefty-

Parody or not………………………………….

tasteless.

Joe The Plumber Too

April 28th, 2011
10:21 am

liberalefty, what a complete loser in life you must be. God have mercy on the families who have to deal with this tragedy and bury loved ones.

JP

April 28th, 2011
10:22 am

I am as liberal as the next guy, but can we leave the politics out of this blog for once? 130 people died yesterday and right now their families don’t care what their political ideologies were. And I don’t either.

joe

April 28th, 2011
10:24 am

@ loonylefty–I’d gladly make you this deal…we won’t take one cent of govt disaster recovery money if the FED govt dissolves itself completely and the states are left to run themselves. That would truly be a blessing.

Citizen of the World

April 28th, 2011
10:27 am

There’s an interesting documentary out now called “I Am.” Two of the ideas it focuses on are 1) that everything and everybody are connected and 2) that we are hard-wired for cooperation. These truths become clearly evident when communities suffer devastation such as this.

The movie also pointed out that in his book, The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin used the phrase “survival of the fittest” only twice; he used the word “love” something like 95 times.

Maybe the “fittest” to survive are actually those who cooperate, not those who compete.

This is something we should think about. And we should try to pull together, not just to help people in times of widespread crisis, but to help people everyday, individually, through nonprofits, and through government, which is sometimes the only entity big enough to address big problems.

People don’t have to be hit by a tornado to suffer; sometimes they are devastated by other forces totally beyond their control.

Kamchak

April 28th, 2011
10:28 am

liberalefty

April 28th, 2011
10:18 am

@david

thats why states shouldnt ask for help….let the states clean up the mess themselves….ha ha ha

The point was made with your first post at 9:45.

All the subsequent posts are to deliberately portray yourself as a douchebaggy asshat.

Mission accomplished.

Get Real

April 28th, 2011
10:30 am

liberalefty, You are exactly the reason why some people should never be able to reproduce! A mind is a terrible thing to waste but in your case I see you have used it all up and have no more to waste!
When CT posted this I would have thought compassion and prayers would be part of the posts but I quickly saw where the libertardsstarted up hate for the South, Tea Party and took it to a new level by trashing God! I’ll have to say you are a Class Act!

Irwin M. Fletcher

April 28th, 2011
10:31 am

liberallefty – “thats why states shouldnt ask for help….let the states clean up the mess themselves….ha ha ha”

And this is why I don’t align with either party.

“Too many idiots, not enough poets”
Ford Fairlane

Get Real

April 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Great Post Joe!

Joe

April 28th, 2011
10:39 am

I notice you waited to the last paragraph before harping on so called global warming. Or is it cooling this week? Whatever. Tucker only a complete loon would think that man can do anything to prevent or cause violent weather. You can keep beleiving what you want with no real evidense if it makes you feel better but people who actually understand reality realize that nature is nature and will do what it wants to….

ctucker

April 28th, 2011
10:39 am

I’m with you, JP@10:22

Peadawg

April 28th, 2011
10:42 am

“My prayers are with the victims, their friends and families and the communities trying to recover.”

Amen!

And to liberalefty, karma is a biotch. You’ll get yours one day.

Good Grief

April 28th, 2011
10:42 am

Kamchak – I know you and I don’t always agree, but I have to say “Amen” to your 10:28 post. It’s times like these that we try to pull together as a community, as a region, and as a nation. Then you get people like liberalefty, who are seemingly hellbent on causing division. The tornado didn’t stop to think if it was mowing over the homes of liberals or conservatives. We shouldn’t stop to think we should only help one group of the other.

Kamchak

April 28th, 2011
10:46 am

I notice you waited to the last paragraph before harping on so called global warming.

I admit that I had to go back and re-read the last paragraph of this piece: This season has brought an unusually high number of violent tornadoes — a stark reminder of the vicissitudes of Mother Nature. These tragic episodes also serve to remind us of our obligations as a community and a country, no matter our disagreements. In a time of vicious partisan politics, these weather patterns highlight our mutual frailties and inter-dependence.
My prayers are with the victims, their friends and families and the communities trying to recover.

No mention at all of global warming, sport.

Cindy

April 28th, 2011
10:46 am

Liberallefty, your mind is SO small and SO narrow, that the skinniest of skinny jeans couldn’t pass throug it. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on you. God made men, but the devil made YOU!!!!!

NAGA

April 28th, 2011
10:48 am

You Liberals are a clueles bunch. When nothing of devastation is happening: “there is no God.” When devastation occurs – “Why did God allow this to happen or our prayers are with them.”

NAGA

April 28th, 2011
10:50 am

Also for you Liberals: There is a big, big difference with small government and no government but as usual you liberals think they are one of the same.

Thulsa Doom

April 28th, 2011
10:53 am

Liberal Lefty,

You’re definitely a pretty sick person to try and make this political after all these people lost their lives. I bet your mom would be very proud of your posts this morning. Not!

I’ll say a prayer for the families of the dead, the injured and the displaced.

godless heathen

April 28th, 2011
10:57 am

In the words of famous Alabamian, Charles Barkley, “Just turrible.”

ken

April 28th, 2011
11:01 am

The Church community will be there to help . By the way, the Church community were the first on the scene when Katrina blew through. I will be there Sat morning.

Thulsa Doom

April 28th, 2011
11:03 am

Joe,

She didn’t mention global warming although. When she says specifically that “these weather patterns highlight our mutual frailties and mutual interdependence” one could interpret that she is suggesting that more violent storms are a byproduct of “climate change”. But I don’t think that’s what she meant.

Cynthia is smart enough to know that just as there may be 14 hurricanes in one year and only 2 in the next year the weather has been like this with violent storms for oh I’ld say a couple billion years. There’s no cause and effect between “climate change” and one days worth of bad storms and she knows that.

willie lynch

April 28th, 2011
11:26 am

Citizen of the World

April 28th, 2011
10:27 am

Excellent post! Thought and compassion are sorely lacking in the world today.

The Oddball

April 28th, 2011
11:53 am

Well, so much for these tragic episodes serving to remind us of our obligations as a community and a country, no matter our disagreements. At you least you tried, Cynthia.

Scooter (The Original)

April 28th, 2011
12:05 pm

So true Cynthia. I’m proud you didn’t speculate to the “root” cause of the “devastating” season, kudos.

hsr0601

April 28th, 2011
12:23 pm

How much longer should we wait for the U.S. to realize Climate Change is real ?

Native Atlantan

April 28th, 2011
12:25 pm

@NAGA — ahhh…the generalizations are rampant today…nice. No religious affiliations here but smart enough to repect the beliefs and thoughts of others. Also spiritual enough to recognize the value of a helping hand no matter where it comes from.

Joe

April 28th, 2011
12:28 pm

Thulsa Doom:
You may be giving her too much credit here about being smart. Mark my words. When our weather pattern settles in the next week or so she will present a smut article quoting so called experts that this is a result of manmade global warming or cooling… Of course they like using the term climate change now since they feel it’s a more useful term in explaining even winter storms too. Tucker like most far left zealots cannot be trusted. Even an avid reader can sometimes mistake her kindness for blatant disregard of reality. This is truly a terrible tragedy and everyone should have the folks impacted in their prayers but its pundits like Tucker and Bookman who will try and use this to further their cause.

GollyGee

April 28th, 2011
12:30 pm

a season of devastation? i don’t think so, more like the judgement of God…

GollyGee

April 28th, 2011
12:32 pm

too all you asking where God is..He is always there..How about you REPENT and then you can hear him…

Cindy

April 28th, 2011
12:32 pm

May He be with the surviors, and with the helpers, God bless ya’ll. I’m in Chatham county myself, we’ve a tornado warning til 4 P.M. Pray for us.

Julie R Camp

April 28th, 2011
12:34 pm

Liberallefty is an idiot. Republicans have insurance and don’t need Guvment rescue. It’s called “self reliance”. The only idiots you’ll hear whining about help from the Guvment are the liberals living in trailer parks and living off welfare.

Native Atlantan

April 28th, 2011
12:36 pm

Well GollyGee, then God seems to be demonstrating his judgement against those who hold him most dear and not the liberal bastions like Atlanta.

Native Atlantan

April 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

Julie must not know local demographics well as she thinks liberals live in trailer parks…my oh my….