(I write this to document this day for my children and so the oldest who lives out of town can see.)
On March 2nd, 2012, we worked in the yard, on a very warm day for this time of year. It was 75 degrees and sunny, but there was quite a terrible wind blowing and storms were on the way. It is easy to take the weather warnings for granted when most storms pass over you.
We watched the clouds come in with a little rain, but not much.
The clouds changed however, they began to turn pink and yellow and even green. Some started to swirl while a dark ocean-blue-green wall come up over the horizon.
I saw on weather.com that a 'red' cell was on us. Because of the lightning, I shut everything down and we watched the windows. We should have been in the basement.
My 16 year old, looking out the front door said, "There's a tornado." At a glance, I saw he was right and ran them all downstairs to the basement into the corner that is underground.
Within seconds, the power was out. It had lifted and touched down just over the hill across from us.
We heard 16 houses were destroyed and 60 were damaged. I heard no one was killed but several were injured and some had to be rescued from the debris. One farmer was frantically searching for his livestock specifically horses from his barn, which were all gone.
Below are pictures that my children and I took, with the exception of one that was forwarded to me, of the tornado, I believe taken by the Lee family.
These don't show what I hear to be the worst damage, the troopers wouldn't let us down there.
Our God is mighty in power! His strength- His might- His creation- is above all that I can fathom.
His grace to my family and my neighbors brings tears to my eyes.
His love through friends who blessed us while our electricity was off, goes beyond mere human love. They were God's hands, love, and hugs to my family as they brought convenience food, money, and generators. We are so blessed!
|The sky began to change and we started seeing hints of yellow, green, and pink.|
|This is from the front porch; crazy clouds but not too unusual here in bad storms.|
|This is out the back door and you can't tell from this pic, but right in the center, the sky was yellowish and over to the right it was green and over a little more; pink.|
|Then the craziest thing I've ever seen- that wall- it looked like a giant wave out of the ocean- it was blue-green and if you had told me that a tsunami was coming I would have believed you.|
|'that wall' from my son's Ipod|
|"The Wall" -breath-taking- Can you see that ocean color? The picture does not do it justice. It was much darker and nontransparent.|
|It's hard to run to the basement when it's not raining or hailing and this amazement is right outside your back door.|
|Pardon me while I look to the 'Eastern Sky'- the Lord might be coming in this mess! :-)|
We drove out that night but honest before the Lord, I was so crazy, I could not work my camera- at all! I couldn't take pictures or movies or anything- on any device! But it was right after the above picture was taken that my son first spotted the funnel coming down on the other side of the road in front of the house. We ran downstairs, but within a second or two, it had hit over the hill then picked up again and touched down on the main road taking out a line of pines, and power poles and electric lines..and ...the power went down.
This below was sent to me on my cell phone. It was taken I believe by a family who lost their home. I pray the Lord is quick to rebuild for them.
|Tornado 2012 Jackson County Tennessee|
|from my cell phone....right after it hit this second funneling cloud was right outside my back door|
We saw that night, innumerable trees covering the main road, but the next day the following pictures were taken as they had cut the debris from the main road. The worst hit area, over the hill from my house, was still blocked off by State Troopers.
|5 houses down from ours, at the end of our street, this house was buried in trees the night before but they had cleared some|
|The front view of the same buried house. It used to sit surrounded by pretty trees like a little house on the hill, but now we can barely see it.|
|This house had been beautiful. It had trees all the way around it like a canopy, but now the trees, the roof, and more are missing. Metal scraps are all over from some one's barn or home.|
|Another view of the same house. I think it blew all the windows too. There was glass in the road.|
|This house lost part of its roof, some of it's siding, and I can't see their garden, nor their fence where their beautiful grapevine used to grow. To the left of this home is a mobile home that was knocked off of it's foundation.|
|Notice the snapped tree to the left, the metal on the line, yet those lines didn't come down.|
|Notice this huge tree broken in the center and all the pine needles are gone except on the sides.|
|Closer view of those once-tall pine trees, just snapped.|
|I think a tree had been on top of this one because the nice big tree that used to be to the left of their house is no longer there and I don't know where all the mess came from in their yard, which is usually immaculate.|
|This house and yard was normally quaint and beautiful but it now looks like there are pieces of another person's home every where.|
|Homeland Security is here and several groups have hot food set up as there is no electricity for miles and we are kinda in the middle of nowhere. We've seen and heard lots of helicopters and airplanes today. We've also had tons of traffic.|
|This has to be so horrific for those who have grown up here and are/were living in homes that their parents built.|
|This home was pretty new, very large and fancy, but now has lots of damage to one side and the tarps indicate there's more damage to the roof on the backside of the house.|
|Those snapped pine trees coming from the opposite direction.|
|Why the candy canes? Well, while I was frantically trying to get everyone downstairs, the 14 year old was grabbing candy canes to take downstairs just in case "we got stuck and needed a snack"- -after we spotted the tornado across the street!|
I hope to get down that other road today. And strangely, they're calling for some snow tonight.
We were so blessed to be unharmed and also to have friends who came to our aid so quickly. One precious couple we know even located us not one, but two generators, to borrow during this time. But, God be praised, while they were still here- they got the electricity back on, on this street!
God is merciful.
More pictures are here from Mabry School Road and on the other side of Dodson Branch Highway.