We had some very serious storms travel through Alabama this past Wednesday. For the first time I became familiar with a “wedge tornado” (click the link to get up close and personal with this storm). That was the term used to describe the F4 tornado that raced towards the University of Alabama Wednesday afternoon. This was of particular interest to me because my daughter is a student there. My wife and I were able to see this storm bear down on Tuscaloosa, Alabama live in high definition.
The storm travelled south of campus missing my daughter’s dorm, but the destruction to Tuscaloosa, one of my most favorite places on Earth, was stunning.
This same tornado continued on to the Birmingham area where damage was wide spread in Pratt City, Hueytown, Concord, Pleasant Grove and Fultondale.
All of my family is fine, but at present more than 250 Alabamians lost their lives in this tornado outbreak, including five students from the University of Alabama (while the UA campus was not struck, various off-campus housing sustained major damage). You can find similar destruction in communities all across North Alabama – this was a massive tornado event. So sad.
Right now, my daughter is seated across from me at our kitchen table eating some pancakes. It is nice to have her home safe and sound. But, my heart goes out to those whose lives have been forever changed by these storms.
The University of Alabama has called off the rest of the semester (there was only about a week and a half left) and we have spent a couple of days getting my daughter moved home. All we had was some very minor tree damage, so I’ll spend the afternoon cleaning up my yard and then I’ll be back to woodworking.
We are planing to go to the Pleasant Grove area to help with the recovery effort. If you would like to help, visit the Red Cross Mid Alabama Region’s web page by clicking here.