They predicted it was going to be bad, in terms you rarely if ever hear from meteorologists, but the devastation wreaked last night is still shocking in scale and scope. Eleven dead in Georgia, more than 100 killed in Alabama, 30 or more in Mississippi.
There’s not much to say about that much grief and heartache, except to offer solace and comfort to those who survived and, for the many of us who are largely unaffected, to take note of our good fortune. It’s humbling to be reminded that everything we have can be snatched from us so quickly and so randomly, by forces that are well beyond our control.
Such forces come in many forms. Last night, for many, it came in the form of a tornado, and they’re going to need a lot of help putting things back together.
– Jay Bookman