I normally got to sleep watching the weather which is great when you know you have bad weather coming. I admit I’m a bit of a weather nut, but after seeing what destruction tornadoes can have I don’t really blame myself. Watching the weather I knew this storm system was coming. However I don’t think any of us really thought it would be that bad. However as tornadoes came on both sides way to close for comfort I leaned on my faith and prayed for God to take care of his people and not let the storms hit.
At 2am Saturday night/Sunday Morning I heard the alert go off on the TV. Shortly after I received a weather alert call stating we were under a severe thunderstorm warning. I diligently watching as the system kept vastly encompassing the state. I knew that this situation was etching it’s way closer and that it seemed as they crawled into this state the warm gulf water was adding accelerant to the storms. As I prayed I knew that lives were being lost as the first round hit in the southwestern part of the state.
Around 3am I starting seeing reports of tornadoes decimating areas of the state. Then my 4:30am the Tornado Warning was issued for my area. Time proved that we would be in and out of Tornado Warnings for the next several hours. As I stepped outside at just before daylight I felt the pressure drop and instantly new it was time to get everyone in my family up and alert. After pacing for hours I knew this was coming. Luckily it missed us but unfortunately my feelings were accurate and a few miles away a neighborhood was hit. Homes were destroyed and even one was picked up and tossed into a pond with people in it. I now know that we were far more lucky than I expected. As daylight came and more reports come in all I could do was pray. Most in my area don’t have storm shelters because tornadoes are not common.
Throughout the day I stayed glued to the tv, checking in on everyone that was in the path of the storms that I knew. As the horrific wedge tornado hit Albany I couldn’t believe my eyes. Meteorologists tried to warn people that it was going to be horrific, but we never thought we would see a tornado of this magnitude. I literally saw this tornado track 30 minutes away and then it just stopped. It had been on the ground for many miles and finally after an all night and all day event I saw time tick to a close.
Thanks goodness as I look around we were spared. We lost a few trees but that’s nothing compared to what some lost. Days later they are still looking for lost loved ones. I do pray they find them soon. Tornadoes in Georgia are not that common and definitely not that of what hit Albany. Times like these make me realize how thankful I am for God protecting us and how lucky I truly am. All of my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by these horrendous storms. #AlbanyStrong #AdelStrong