Monday, May 23, 2011

Thoughts and prayers to Joplin, MO

While most of us were nice and warm snuggled in our beds, fast asleep, mass destruction was taking place. I personally had no idea what was going on in Joplin until I turned on the news this morning. While I sat there straightening my hair I froze and could not take my my eyes off of the tv. I can't even imagine what these pour people are going through.

Search-and-rescue teams on Monday pored through rubble and wreckage, all that was left in many areas of Joplin, where at least  89 people have died, more than 2,000 structures have been ripped apart and whole neighborhoods have been obliterated after a tornado carved a six-mile path through southwestern Missouri.

Would-be rescuers conducted door-to-door searches, avoiding downed power lines that had ignited fires fueled by leaking gas. Debris was a constant danger and a barrier keeping rescuers from searching.   source


This follows the devastating tornado in TUSCALOOSA, Ala. 

When massive tornadoes ripped through the southern United States during April 25-28, 2011 they killed over 340 people. 
These were the deadliest tornadoes in the U.S. since 1925 and the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina. 

President Obama declared a state of emergency for the search and rescue response in Alabama, and Gov. Robert Bentley told WBMA he expected him to declare another one to help pay for the cleanup. Mayor Walter Maddox reported 15 dead Wednesday April 27, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a city of approximately 180,000 flattened by an estimated mile wide tornado.
  "We have hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed and hundreds more damaged."Mayor Maddox.

I cannot even begin to imagine what these towns and people are going through.
 My deepest thoughts and prayers to all affected.

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