** Update: we’re okay but the damage to the state is devastating. I don’t ever remember tornadoes hitting three major metropolitan areas in one day. I’ll share more when we get our power back, whenever that may be. Cell phones also aren’t working so if you’re in Alabama, let me know you’re okay, too!
If you’re elsewhere, our state is in need of your prayers tonight (we’re already all praying!).
We’re in the middle of the worst group of tornadoes in 30 years. There have been many separate ones already, two of which have already hit and severely damaged two of our good-sized cities – Cullman and Tuscaloosa – and at least one tornado will be in our biggest city (my city), Birmingham, within an hour. And they’re just getting started.
Although the tornadoes just arrived this afternoon, we had 80 mph straight-line winds early this morning that caused a lot of damage in my suburb and others. We’ve not had power since 6am (I’m typing on my phone), and we have a log-sized branch speared all the way through our porch roof a foot from our bedroom window from this morning’s winds.
But our damage (so far) is nothing compared to others in our state – many people’s houses have been completely destroyed. The pictures are insane – I’ve never seen tornadoes like this before.
Tornadoes are just a part of living in Alabama – they’ve never bothered me before – but these are horrifying.
We’re camping in the basement for now, which Ali finds to be super-fun.
Thank you for your prayers!!