The stories from the areas hit by the tornadoes are stunning. An entire vast area decimated. It’s amazing that only about 40 deaths have been reported so far, the latest one the baby who was blown ten miles into a field, but with severe head injuries, while its entire immediate family was killed.
Here are two short (and comparatively mild) scenes from this article, which has many more:
Janet Elliott was sitting on her bed in Chattanooga, Tenn., when a severe weather warning scrolled across the bottom of the screen. Fierce winds were blowing, and her cats seemed clingy. Her dogs had gotten low to the floor.and this:
Gene Lewellyn, his son and his son’s 7-year-old daughter saw the tornado come over the hill, rushed to the basement of his one-story brick home and covered themselves with a carpet.
My eleven-month older brother worked his whole life, beginning in high school, for one of the Baby Bells, which became Verizon. At the age of 55 he met a women and they married. He sold his high-rise condo of 30 years, quit his job of nearly 40 years (the only job he ever had); and took a lump-sum retirement. He departed the only place that he had ever lived to begin a new life with his new wife on a new farm in Tennessee. He spent nearly all of his retirement money on the purchase of the farm, a new tractor, and the building of a new studio for his artist wife. He felt like he was finally going to begin living a life.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 04, 2012 10:34 PM | Send