The Tail of the Beast
The back side of the storms that ripped threw Alabama. This very storm is the monster that laid waste to Tuscaloosa, Pleasant Grove, Concord, Pratt City, Fultondale Alabama, just to name a few of the cities impacted by it's destructive force. April 27, 2011 is a day that all that lived through these storms will forever remember.
It was a day that started with Tornado sirens blaring you out of bed, and ended with you on your knees thanking the good lord you were alive (if you were lucky). We were extemely lucky. We had no damage. There are no words to explain the destruction that encompasses us. This tornado traveled 80.3 miles and was rated an EF 4. This supercell storm traveled the distance of 380 miles and spawned several destructive tornados.
Somehow in the middle of it's trek overhead, for a span of 9 miles the Tornado lifted into to clouds, our house sits dead center of that lift. The storm shifted a little, and then continued it's march of destruction staying on the ground the whole time safe for this little break, in which we live. We haved never prayed as hard as we prayed that day. Nor could even in a million years, begin to express what it was like sitting huddled in the corner of our basement, holding hands with my daughter on one side, my hubby on the other, making peace with the fact that we at least were together. Watching the TV broadcast a tornado that was a mile and a half wide coming straight for you, and knowing there was no where to go in time enough to avoid it. My tale is a lucky one, a calm version.
There have been so many tales of tragedy, injuries, lifes changed forever in a matter of minutes. When the storm passed, we went outside to find the air heavy with the smell of natural gas. Debris covered everything.
Insulation, shards of glass, splintered wood, shingles, tar paper, bits of and pieces of shattered lives scattered everywhere. At this point emotion takes over, and to this day a lump in my throat comes just to remember that moment. We had to venture out, we had to find out what the world outside of our little house looked like. It was late that day, and when we were able to get a shot of the sky, I captured this shot.