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We Are Fine and Very Blessed Today

Hi Everyone. Sorry I haven’t been around, but I thought I had better check in after the storms yesterday. I am about two hours east and just little bit south of Birmingham and so it was truly unnerving to watch the weather all day. We had huge cells coming right at us all day, but as they would get close, they would split and go north and south of us or dissipate altogether.

Atlanta has a great news site, 11alive.com and it has the live doppler radar. We kept that on the computer and the weather channel on the television all day. They actually let the kids out of school at 1:00 here worried about the storms, so the girls and I kept a storm watch going all day. It ended up being a great learning experience for Hailey. She and I sat in front of the computer and I taught her how to really read the map.

First of all, she had an idea in general where we were located on it, but I zoomed it way in and showed her how to look for the roads here and picture in her mind where each thing was. For instance, we live on a main state highway that runs north and south through Alabama. Her high school is right off that road about six miles north of us and McDonalds (always a good landmark! lol) is about six miles south of us on the same road. So using these landmarks, she could visualize while we followed the roads on the map.

I also showed her how to read the legends and know what the intensity of the storm cells were as they got close to us. I explained to her that she had to know the direction of the storm in order to follow the cells. One big cell might be very close but because it was heading north east, it would go north or south of us.

At one point in the evening, Hailey was texting with her best friend Amanda, who lives right by the high school in Wedowee about six miles north of us. Amanda told her that the sirens were going off, their power was off and she was afraid. Hailey jumped into action, watched the radar from here and kept her informed of exactly where the cell was and what the intensity was. The worst of that cell was probably within a mile of her house but was missing it.  With all the devastation going on around us, it was great to watch her learn and use that knowledge immediately. As different people called during the evening checking on us, Hailey would tell them not to worry, that we were very well informed and that we would be fine.

In the two and a half years I have been here, I have watched many bad thunderstorms come and go through the area. In every instance, I have watched huge bands and cells come right up to the area around the house and split or dissipate altogether just before they reached here. We watched this happen several times yesterday. With great confidence, I told Hailey early in the day that she needn’t panic because God watches over us and literally splits the storms around our house. She looked at me like I was crazy early on, but then as storm cell after storm cell broke up or dissipated literally within a mile of us sometimes, she would look at me and say, “Grammy, do you see what is happening? This huge cell is splitting and going north and south of us. It’s literally right down the street.” I would just smile and say, “I told you God was watching over us.” I think Hailey became a believer by the end of the day.

We are heart broken over the damage and devastation that was done all around us yesterday, yet today stand in awe at the protection we were given here and the beauty of the day today. My grand daughter’s intelligence and her big caring heart amaze me as well. We are not only fine, we are very blessed today.

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22 responses

  1. Haily will definitely get a job as a weather girl – good for you teaching her and for her jumping into action. Praise God you are all safe.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    • Thank you TB. I have spent the evening watching the news and looking at the devastation all around us. I knew we were lucky last night, but I had no idea until today just how lucky.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

  2. Glad to hear you’re fine!

    April 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  3. I’m so glad you are okay. It’s great that you checked in. What a great lesson for Hailey too.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    • Thanks monsoon. Yes it really was much more of a lesson than even told here. She is such an amazing girl.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:40 am

  4. Glad you’re fine. I loved where we lived in CO as well, where the particular geography would split storms to go around our town and hammer the towns above and below us instead.

    April 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    • Thanks LOM! Yes, it’s nice to not get hit here, but it is so sad to see the devastation everywhere else around us.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

  5. Relieved to read you are ok.

    April 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    • Thanks Aussie May. It really was nerve racking because we were already seeing the video’s of what was going on all around us and it can really get scary, especially knowing you are in a trailer.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

  6. How terrible and exciting. I am glad to hear you’re all okay. 🙂

    April 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  7. So glad to hear that you and yours are okay. I knew you lived in that area. We have had a similar experience with storms here, but we have been hit twice by tornadoes. Hope you continue to escape the storms.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    • Thanks CbD. Yes, we hope so too.

      April 29, 2011 at 12:45 am

  8. Very glad to hear you are doing well despite nature’s best attempts. Even nicer to hear that the kids are adapting from their previous situation and becoming inquisitive kids again. They are like sponges at that age, keep feeding them all the answers and data they’ll take.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:41 am

  9. Good to see you around again 😉
    Yes this was just another thing the US didn’t need. Glad to know that you’re connection to the greater powers out there is working so good.
    Take care and hope to see you around again some more.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:52 am

    • Thanks Irony. It’s good to be back around!

      May 1, 2011 at 5:03 am

  10. The whole area east of the Mississippi – especially south – is getting the weather we usually get this time of year.

    I was watching the guy on the Weather Channel standing outside picking up pieces of glass that were falling around him and thinking, “That’s shrapnel, you idiot! Get inside!”

    Glad you’re safe.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

    • Thanks GOM. I know what you mean…there are some people out there that aren’t real smart when it comes to mother nature!!!

      May 1, 2011 at 5:04 am

  11. Your grand daughters are becoming wonderful young women. You are a wonderful grandmother as you give so much time and energy to them when I know it is not easy.

    May 1, 2011 at 5:00 am

  12. Awww, thanks FD. No, it really isn’t easy. I honestly didn’t know how difficult it would be when I made the decision to take them on, but you do what you have to do sometimes and hope that it all works out!

    May 1, 2011 at 5:05 am

  13. Kimber

    So glad to hear you all are okay!

    May 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

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