It has been one week today, when I woke up to one of the worst telephone calls ever.
On Monday Jan. 23, 2012 my Mom called my cell phone at 4:15 am. All she kept saying is “We have been hit!” The phone kept going in and out, I was still half asleep and did not know what she was talking about. Although the panic and fear in her voice is something I will NEVER forget. The call lasted about 40 seconds before it hung up. In that time, I figured out what she was trying to say, although the call ended before I knew if anyone was hurt! My Mom lives near Birmingham, AL with my Brother, Sister In Law and my special needs heart condition nephew. I quickly turned on the TV and saw the news radar, saying there was a tornado warning in her area. It was almost a full 10 minutes before she called back. When she did, she was still fearful and panicked. She told me that they are OK and my brother was out trying to help people out of their homes they were trapped in. I was shaking so bad, I had to go throw up. My nerves have never taken a hit like that, and I pray they never do again!She told me that my SIL Terri woke up around 3:30 am for no reason and decided to look at the weather radar. Thank GOD she did! My Bro and SIL sleep upstairs, if they were still in bed when it had hit, they would have been killed. During the 30 minutes before the tornado hit, my brother had gathered up supplies, threw them into the closet along with cushions. Then, went out side and beat on every neighbors door he could to wake them up. I know for a fact he saved one man’s life. He is amazing! Then ran inside, when he heard silence, nothing, no wind.. no sounds. He knew it was coming. Dove into the closet on top of my Mom, SIL and Nephew. My Mom said they could feel the walls shaking and felt like the house was lifted then set back down with a loud BOOM! They waited 30 seconds and my brother went out to see what happened. He came back and told them, they were hit bad and that he wanted them to stay in the closet. He could hear neighbors screaming for help.
During the hours after the tornado devastated their home and subdivision, I was losing my mind. I wanted to drive down there right then, they are 2 hours south of me. My Mom said the roads were not passable and I had to wait to go down there. I just NEEDED to hug them and know they are OK. Finally, on Wednesday I was allowed to go see them. I went to pick up my MOM and her 2 cats ( who did not make it into the closet during the tornado) and bring them up to my house. I had seen pictures of the area, but was NOT prepared to see it in person. There are not words to describe the utter chaos and destruction. Whole houses gone… just gone..
It is AMAZING only 2 ( one too many) people lost their lives. Now, it is time to rebuild. So stressful, sad, and agonizing. I ask that you please pray for my family in this time and for the entire community that has been impacted. Thank you! God Bless!
You can read about the storm here : http://www.theblaze.com/stories/survivors-describe-the-devastating-alabama-tornadoes/
Before and After, this is my brother’s street. My Mom’s blue car is in the picture below on the right, half way down the street.
Pictures of his subdivision.
My brother was also interviewed on HLN and CNN here is a link to that video
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