A Joyful but Heavy Heart
Today I am writing with a heavy heart, because yesterday central Indiana sustained a rare fall outbreak of tornados. The news anchors are reporting about 40 tornados touched down. This was an uncommon storm; it is unusual because typically we see this kind of storm outbreak in the spring. It is terrible both because of the timing but also because of loss life in Illinois. I hope readers here will understand that in addition to having a heavy heart, I am joyful for the fact that my immediate family is all ok, and we did not sustain any damage. With that said let me explain a bit.
First this was a major outbreak of weather activity that affected at least seven states. It appears that the loss of life occurred in Illinois, where reports of 5 or 6 dead are circulating. This seemed to strike the upper mid Illinois area. I hope our site members in the path of this storm in all states did were not hurt and that none if our members had significant damage to their property. Again my family and I are fine.
In Indiana the damage was widespread and sustained. Lebanon Indiana took a direct shot destroying about 20 homes, as did Lafayette where the Subaru plant took a direct hit. Washington IN also took a direct hit as did Tipton, where at least two schools were damaged, to the point where classes will have to be relocated when the school reopens tomorrow. In Indianapolis the historically significant Irvington bank was destroyed. The 110 year old former post office building was destroyed. It took away part of our history and destroyed a beautiful building. Here is a video link that explains the Irvington Post office damage:
My home town of Kokomo IN, also took a direct hit. A fire station was destroyed; two malls were hit hard, as were random houses, an apartment complex and a other significant structures including the Chrysler foundry which has been in the community for many years. Here are some links to explain damage in my beloved community of Kokomo IN:
It also hit Tipton In where an industrial building was hit and several schools were slammed. It appears that at least two schools will have to be relocated in order to hold classes tomorrow. Here are some pictures of the storm itself. You will see funnel clouds, heavy cloud cover, but also beautiful rainbows.:
Most of these are pictures were taken by armatures. Yes I don’t get it, if I saw a storm coming I would take shelter not take pictures. So I hope you understand that today I have a heavy heart and that I am joyful at the same time. It could have been worse. But it was bad none the less. I hope each of us will be thankful today and perhaps pause to remember those who are not.
Note to readers I will not be blogging on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. It will be the first time I have missed since I started. But tomorrow morning I have an early all day meeting and Wednesday when I get to see three doctors. You can’t beat seeing three doctors in one day. I doubt anyone will miss it, but know I am just fine I will resume my blog on Thursday.