Thoughts and prayers for those caught in storm’s fury

Tuscaloosa News/Dusty Compton

Tuscaloosa News/Dusty Compton

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

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stands for decibels

April 28th, 2011
7:58 am

Growing up as I did on the great plains, where the occasional terror and randomness of Mother Nature reaching out from the sky and ripping out life was the status quo, all I can add is–like Jay said.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 28th, 2011
8:02 am

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Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 28th, 2011
8:05 am

I guess I’ll enter my comments here then.

I can honestly say that I’ve never witnessed destruction of this magnitude to places I know so well. I haven’t heard from all my kin, but seems like everybody made it through ok. After witnessing those storms, it kinda makes arguments, such as long form birth certificates, seem quite assinine and insignificant.

My prayers go out to all affected by this latest sweep of weather.

Peadawg

April 28th, 2011
8:06 am

I think last night was the first time I’ve seen the color black on a radar. Usually it’s green, yellow, red, and purple. Seeing black on the radar was a little freaky.

Granny Godzilla

April 28th, 2011
8:07 am

God, make me brave for life:
oh, braver than this.
Let me straighten after pain,
as a tree straightens after the rain,
Shining and lovely again.

God, make me brave for life;
much braver than this.
As the blown grass lifts,
let me rise
From sorrow with quiet eyes,
Knowing Thy way is wise.

God, make me brave, life brings
Such blinding things.

Help me to keep my sight;
Help me to see aright
That out of dark comes light.

Author unknown

Paul

April 28th, 2011
8:11 am

Sirens went off here the other night. Makes you realize how vulnerable (and after the sirens turn off, fortunate) you are. Also how random things are.

Might as well offer a little preemptive political commentary, even tho it’s predictable.

“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. ”

You mean, the people who lost homes and lives didn’t have it happen because they made poor choices? Like where they decided to live?

“they’re going to need a lot of help putting things back together.”

Why, did they lose their bootstraps, too?

Even tho that was sarcasm, even typing it felt…. wrong -

Bosch

April 28th, 2011
8:16 am

Thoughts and prayers for those caught in storm’s fury

Thanks Jay, we appreciate it. I will never again hug a tree. Just saying.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 28th, 2011
8:16 am

Paul

I’m sure before too long, even your sarcasm will pale in what will be posted here.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 28th, 2011
8:16 am

I’m pretty sure it was all George W Bush’s fault.

Mick

April 28th, 2011
8:17 am

After going through hurricane andrew in 92, all I can say is for the people who survived is count your blessings and thank god for homeowners insurance, one of the greatest inventions of the capitalist system. Insurance companies hate to pay out, but they must make those properties whole again..

Whacks Eloquent

April 28th, 2011
8:18 am

The National Weather Service did a tremendous job in calling these things. Not only in placing the affected area under High Risk early in the day (this happens only a few times a year), but in putting out pre-emptive tornado warnings, which I am sure saved many lives. While storm systems of this magnitude are rare in our turf, they do still occasionally happen, and it is a sobering reminder of how nature truly is the great equalizer. It cares not about whether we are rich or poor, liberal or conservative, or Auburn or Georgia fans. My prayers as well are with those whose lives were affected by these storms…and I am thankful to God that me and my loved ones were spared.

blue_unicorn

April 28th, 2011
8:19 am

“Even tho that was sarcasm, even typing it felt…. wrong -”

That’s because it was wrong. You are an @sshole….

Gale

April 28th, 2011
8:21 am

Thanks for posting that Granny Godzilla.

Mick

April 28th, 2011
8:21 am

whacks

Excellent point, modern technology saved lives. Imagine what a weather event like that must have been like 100 years ago?

Paul

April 28th, 2011
8:21 am

SoCom

Yeah. Pretty sad, isn’t it?

RW-(the original)

April 28th, 2011
8:22 am

That’s because it was wrong.

I couldn’t agree more.

SOUTHERN ATL

April 28th, 2011
8:22 am

My prayers go out to everyone that sustained losses during the storms. The metro Atlanta area is fortunate that we were spared direct hits compared to other areas of the state and Southeast.

Rightwing Troll

April 28th, 2011
8:24 am

We need to defund those meteorologists sucking on the gubbimint teet over at the National Weather service…

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 28th, 2011
8:25 am

Whacks

When a meterologist tells you that you might want to sleep in the basement with a “I’m not eff’n joking” expression, you kinda get the feeling that it’s going to be a rough one. This is the first time I’ve seen video of a tornado in this part of the South that is clear and pronounced. Usually, tornadoes in this area are rain-wrapped and not easily visible.

Paul

Very sad…

Paul

April 28th, 2011
8:26 am

blue and RW

My point was, we do have people on this forum who reduce everything down to ‘where you are and what you have is because of choices you made. Period.”

They also state “no need to help. It just encourages laziness. Sure, there may be some charity that can help out, but others can do that, just so long as it doesn’t come from the government.”

RW-(the original) – I’m surprised you don’t see that.

blue – don’t know anything about you, but I’m guessing from your response you’re from the ‘choice’ and ‘bootstrap’ crowd?

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2011
8:28 am

Pardon the extra-mild off-topic intrusion, but if UnU’s around, Kyle’s got a rather agreeable conservative-themed royal wedding post up over at his joint. Might be of interest to her and others.

TnGelding

April 28th, 2011
8:32 am

Mother Nature is angry! Quite a lightning show in our area last night.

Folks, our forefathers had storm cellars for a reason. Be prepared!

Paul

April 28th, 2011
8:33 am

sfd

And just like here, bloggers avoid the theme of the post and go wandering off on side trails…..

carlosgvv

April 28th, 2011
8:36 am

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen and heard people who have survived the destruction of their homes say, “God was watching over us”.
It never seems to occur to them that if God was watching over them, their homes would not have been destroyed in the first place. Their sort of convoluted thinking is beyond me.

jt-A statist is a man with two perfectly strong legs,however, relies on Uncle Sam on directions and permission for use-JT

April 28th, 2011
8:38 am

Yea……….about that 8:11………

A fool whose gall coins slanders like a mint.

They WILL survive without your precious state.

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2011
8:38 am

RW-(the original)

April 28th, 2011
8:39 am

RW-(the original) – I’m surprised you don’t see that.

Paul,

Sometimes it’s better to hit refresh rather than submit.

Later

larry

April 28th, 2011
8:40 am

Hard to believe that the tornado that orginated in Philadelphia, Miss. and did all that distruction in Alabama traveled up to the N.GA mountains before finally disapating some where east of Asheville N.C. I have never heard a tornado traveling that far before. It makes you respect the wind .

And i send my thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected. We did have a tornado here in a little unicorperated town called Hollywood. It is just south of Tallulah Falls . I hope its 6 decades before we go through something like this again.

poison pen

April 28th, 2011
8:42 am

We are all very blessed and most of the time we don’t even realize it. Seeing those pictures should be a wakeup call. This is the time for our Govt. to put aside their politics and do what’s right for those poor people who lost everything.

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2011
8:43 am

Paul @ 8.33, I guess you’re speaking of Kyle’s place, and yeah, based on limited exposure there–I’ve found there seem to be a couple of lefty regulars who get their jollies by hanging around with the express purpose of posting some variant of “Kyle, you ignorant slut”.

I guess I could try to civilize the place a bit by taking them to task, and continue to ask some of the conservative regulars here to show the guy some love by contributing a bit to his post counts.

Whacks Eloquent

April 28th, 2011
8:43 am

carlos,

Better than than the idiot NFL player who tweeted about a crisis in faith after he goofed up in a game…
If you don’t understand faith, I guess that’s your loss. Nothing better for pulling you through a crisis. God never promised us a cakewalk in this life.

RB from Gwinnett

April 28th, 2011
8:45 am

Just curious Jay… Who are you suggesting we all pray to? Surely it’s not to the government!

And yes, we will pray and we are fortunate.

Finn McCool

April 28th, 2011
8:46 am

A mile wide tornado?

It’s Obama’s fault! (thought I’d get that outta the way.)

kayaker 71

April 28th, 2011
8:46 am

Life is precious….. make every day count like it was your last one.

poison pen

April 28th, 2011
8:46 am

carlosgvv

April 28th, 2011
8:36 am
I don’t know how many times I’ve seen and heard people who have survived the destruction of their homes say, “God was watching over us”.
It never seems to occur to them that if God was watching over them, their homes would not have been destroyed in the first place. Their sort of convoluted thinking is beyond me.

Carlos, I’m not particularly religious, however I guess everyone needs someone to lean on, without a little faith what else is left.

Bud Wiser

April 28th, 2011
8:50 am

The destruction is horrifying to see in its scale.

I have yet to hear from my aunt who lives just north of Huntsville, and a report on her children and grandchildren in the area. After studying where these tornadoes went, I believe she is safe, but still want to reach her by phone. Most of northern Alabama is without power.

Also, another cousin lives near Columbia, SC, which is catching it this morning.

Nature’s fury cannot be denied.

Doggone/GA

April 28th, 2011
8:52 am

“It never seems to occur to them that if God was watching over them, their homes would not have been destroyed in the first place”

If God was not watching over them, they could be DEAD. Possessions can be replaced, life cannot

Doggone/GA

April 28th, 2011
8:53 am

Somehow is just seem so WRONG that all we got where I live is one roll of thunder and a little rain.

UGA1999

April 28th, 2011
8:53 am

I hope everyone is safe and sound.

Paul

April 28th, 2011
8:54 am

sfd 8:43

Your new mission in life is “civilizing influence’? Nice!

:-)

carlosgvv

I just chalk it up to they’re bewildered by what happened, recognize the randomness of it all, and it’s just there way of expressing it.

RW-(the original)

Sometimes it is. But the point, again, is that this is another illustration of how some with hardcore ‘it’s all free will’ beliefs could acknowledge that sometimes it ain’t all about ‘your decisions got you where you are.”

Or maybe you meant it’s too early for that? One person’s ‘early’ is another ‘been up for a while.’

Off to the gym, later -

Peadawg

April 28th, 2011
8:54 am

Obama should take back the $25 million he sent to Libya and send it to Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. This is a good example of helping this country before we help others.

TnGelding

April 28th, 2011
8:56 am

Pray to YOUR God.

A new life is born every second to replace the newly departed. Life is cheap.

TnGelding

April 28th, 2011
8:57 am

He needs to take back that $25 million, period, and not borrow it!

USinUK

April 28th, 2011
9:00 am

good gravy. they’re reporting the storms here, too – the footage is unbelievable. I hope everyone here (and those you love) are okay.

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2011
9:01 am

Who are you suggesting we all pray to?

I humbly submit that it’s somewhat un-American for me or for Jay to suggest who others, randomly gathered in a secular setting like this, should pray to.

USinUK

April 28th, 2011
9:02 am

oh, and Paul – your 8:26 is right on the $$$

stands for decibels

April 28th, 2011
9:03 am

Bud, my heart and my prayers extend to your family. Here’s hoping you hear from them soon.

godless heathen

April 28th, 2011
9:04 am

My favorite is, “It was a miracle that God saved me.” Well what about the poor guy in the trailer down the road that God decided to wipe out?

One of my FB friends even took credit for turning the tornado away from her family in Cave Spring with her prayers. I bet the folks that got hit really appreciate that.

Nothing like a natural disaster to expose the ignorance and superstitions.

deegee

April 28th, 2011
9:04 am

This morning the governor of Alabama was very humble and thankful for what he described as a very gracious, personal offer of assistance from President Obama. Nice to see politics put aside in order to allow government do what government does well.

BlahBlahBlah

April 28th, 2011
9:06 am

The weather service gave two full days of advance warning, yet many ignored it and paid the ultimate price. Sad.

Road Scholar

April 28th, 2011
9:07 am

carlosggv: “It never seems to occur to them that if God was watching over them, their homes would not have been destroyed in the first place. Their sort of convoluted thinking is beyond me.”

I’m not surprised by your post, but they are ALIVE! Didn’t Jesus teach us that spirituality has nothing to do with earthly possessions?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

April 28th, 2011
9:07 am

Well, it sort of makes you wonder why the first settlers stayed after living thru the first tornado season down here. Same goes for the first settlers in places like Minnesota and North Dakota. After about 40 straight days of sub-zero temps and ice that never goes away, a smart fellow would say, “Hang me if I live here for another winter.”

Anyhow, we got lucky up here at Simpsons Trailer Park. The wind got kind of high but no trailers blew over. I just feel sorry for all the folks that got hit and some killed in Alabama and Tenn. and Miss. and parts of N. GA.

USinUK

April 28th, 2011
9:07 am

“One of my FB friends even took credit for turning the tornado away from her family in Cave Spring with her prayers. I bet the folks that got hit really appreciate that.”

I hate that crap

carlosgvv

April 28th, 2011
9:09 am

Whacks Eloquent – Doggone/GA

There is not one shred of scientific evidence that God exists. And yet, you are talking as though you have certain knowledge. This is known, politely, as wishful thinking and, in reality, delusional thinking.

jconservative

April 28th, 2011
9:09 am

Three weeks ago a tree on the roof. Now repaired.

Last night staying up past 2:00 AM just because I felt like I needed to guard the homestead.

Question: what really can one do except seek the safest place?

UGA1999

April 28th, 2011
9:12 am

Even though Trump forced Obama to show is birth certificate….CNN is trying to start trouble by legitimacy issues arising. These are being ficticiously made up by the left.

Good work demons.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 28th, 2011
9:12 am

don’t know how many times I’ve seen and heard people who have survived the destruction of their homes say, “God was watching over us”.
It never seems to occur to them that if God was watching over them, their homes would not have been destroyed in the first place. Their sort of convoluted thinking is beyond me.

Think of it this way… If everything surrounding you has been obliterated and you’re still breathing, G*d was not only watching over you, but he was protecting you from harm as well. You could have easily been obliterated along with everything else.

USinUK

April 28th, 2011
9:13 am

carlos – 9:09 – well, at the very least, it’s called faith.

but it sure as hell isn’t called proof

Peadawg

April 28th, 2011
9:13 am

“This is known, politely, as wishful thinking and, in reality, delusional thinking.”

No, it’s called faith.

RW-(the original)

April 28th, 2011
9:13 am

Or maybe you meant it’s too early for that? One person’s ‘early’ is another ‘been up for a while.’

Actually no, my point was pretty clear. When you self-admittedly realize you’re being a jerk before you hit submit then don’t hit submit.

Peadawg

April 28th, 2011
9:15 am

“There is not one shred of scientific evidence that God exists.”

Is there any scientific evidence that God does NOT exist? Not theories, PROOF. Cold hard FACTS?

Normal

April 28th, 2011
9:16 am

All this back and forth about God watching over you is kind of funny.

If you were caught in that terrible NATURAL disaster, and you and your family survived, it doesn’t matter if you lost your house. God doesn’t guarantee a thing. Mourn for the dead and help the living rebuild.

Also, just an aside,but I don’t hear of any Governor refusing Federal help…odd, ain’t it?

deegee

April 28th, 2011
9:17 am

Many of the first settlers of Minnesota and N Dakota came to the US because they were starving in Sweden, and the US was giving away land. I suppose that you could say that free land is worth what you pay for it. I give those settlers a lot of credit for staying but it had to have been better than starving.

Whacks Eloquent

April 28th, 2011
9:19 am

carlos
I will concede that if you will concede that there is not one shred of evidence that God does not exist either.
Why do atheists always have to try to put people of faith down? If you’re so much smarter, just keep your smugness to yourself. You want an interesting take on the issue? Go to YouTube and look up Penn Gillette’s (avowed atheist/comedian) message to evangelical Christians.
I don’t think anyone has ever renounced God just because an atheist comes up with a pithy comment…

UGA1999

April 28th, 2011
9:19 am

Normal…..why would a governor refuse federal help. The money is in the budget moron. Do more research!

Jay

April 28th, 2011
9:20 am

Before this particular blogpost descends into argument inappropriate for the topic — and it ain’t happened yet, I’m just saying — the room upstairs is fresh and awaiting occupants.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

April 28th, 2011
9:21 am

Jay

What room?

Peadawg

April 28th, 2011
9:21 am

“Also, just an aside,but I don’t hear of any Governor refusing Federal help…odd, ain’t it?”

Why’s that odd that a Governor would refuse help for people effected by tornadoes?

UGA1999

April 28th, 2011
9:21 am

Jay….room upstairs?

TaxPayer

April 28th, 2011
9:23 am

Tornados are like terrorists.

My thoughts also go out to those that lost a loved one.

godless heathen

April 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. – Carl Sagan

Jay

April 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Ah. It was accidentally downstairs, but now is upstairs.

Whacks Eloquent

April 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Jay that does make it sound like you are suggesting we move on to the afterlife! :)

Jay

April 28th, 2011
9:26 am

in the sweet by and by, Whacks. :>)

Doggone/GA

April 28th, 2011
9:30 am

“This is known, politely, as wishful thinking and, in reality, delusional thinking”

You are welcome to your beliefs.

Mighty Righty

April 28th, 2011
9:34 am

God bless all the victims of this tragedy. My family’s prayers are with you. As one who participated in the recovery efforts of hurricanes Hugo and Andrew I know the pain for many is just beginning and will last many months after the rest of us have put this disaster out of our minds. God bless you.

kayaker 71

April 28th, 2011
9:41 am

Over a million people without power, over 200 dead at last count, still looking for the missing, 100s injured, towns and neighborhoods wiped off the map. Sort of puts the important things in perspective, doesn’t it?

Jay

April 28th, 2011
9:58 am

irRational, that’s a legitimate debate.

I think we need standardized tests; the question is how much weight we give them and to what use we put them.

Paul

April 28th, 2011
10:19 am

RW-(the original)

“Actually no, my point was pretty clear. When you self-admittedly realize you’re being a jerk before you hit submit then don’t hit submit.’

Nope. Just predicting the kinds of arguments we see made here all the time. I know some people who make those arguments or sympathize with them may not care for having it put that plainly, but…. tough luck.

md

April 28th, 2011
10:37 am

Although this isn’t the appropriate setting, I feel Paul is being a bit disingenuous. Choices actually do come into play, and very well may determine where one is living………a brick/block home has a much better chance of surviving this type storm than a mobile home………since paul is looking for facts regarding choices.

Paul

April 28th, 2011
11:01 am

md

Sure, that is true. But again, I’m referring to the group we see here who advocate for zip gov’t assistance as it seems their arguments go back to the ‘you made a bad choice.’ They seem to make no allowances, at all, for any unusual factors that may come up.

With a bit of patience, we’ll see the same arguments made in a different thread. If you’re on then, I’ll just say “hey md – tornadoes!” and you’ll get my drift.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 28th, 2011
2:04 pm

Think of it this way… If everything surrounding you has been obliterated and you’re still breathing, G*d was not only watching over you, but he was protecting you from harm as well. You could have easily been obliterated along with everything else.

Couldn’t have been said better.

My area got through fairly well, other than spendind the night without power, which is trivial in the grand scheme of things. It was so much like 1974, that it was eerie. Some of the storms, up here, followed almost the identical path that they did then.

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

May 3rd, 2011
3:34 pm