Monday, May 2, 2011

When It Rains, It Pours

In the last few days, lots of folks from our neck of the woods have been having a tough time.  If you've missed the national news, the South has been under fire from Mother Nature...and it ain't pretty.
  • Smithville, Mississippi, just miles from Tupelo, was literally wiped off the map by a EF5 tornado.  With winds recorded at more than 205 mph, the first EF5 tornado in the world since 2008 killed 15 people and injured 40.  
Smithville, MS
  • Tornadoes and flooding have ravaged the Jonesboro, Arkansas area, where Heather & Brett met while working at KAIT.  The city was just ranked #2 by the New York Times as highest risk of natural disaster!  The entire Region 8 viewing area has been under multiple warnings and watches while waiting for the sun to shine again.
I-40 bridge heading into Arkansas from Memphis, TN
  • Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where Heather & Brett were married in August 2008, made front page news when the Black River overflowed recently.  To put it mildly, Southeast Missouri is soggy!  Record amounts of rainfall have covered vital transportation routes, shutting down schools and closing businesses.  More than 1,000 residents have been evacuated!  Heather's mother Phyllis had to relocate to her coworker's home in Poplar Bluff after the roads from Qulin to PB were closed.  Phyllis' office has been working constantly since the flooding began helping residents recover from the flooding and damage.

Video from Wapappello Dam, just north of Poplar Bluff

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the area dealing with the fury of Mother Nature right now.  We've been keeping up with our friends and family as much as possible and are constantly checking updates online.  Thank goodness for Twitter and Facebook!  Spring in the South is always fun, but it looks like Mother Nature is on a war path right now...

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