I wasn't feeling so hot to begin with this morning, so I skipped my usual Tuesday outing, showered and ran a couple of errands. Thank goodness I didn't wake up like in my dream.
Errands today were simple -- Post office, library, Sally Beauty, coffee, and lunch. Everything was done by 1:30.
I had a niece and daughter in the path of the storms. My youngest was working round the clock at UAB Hospital in Birmingham the day of and following the storm. She was part of the kitchen staff who made box meals for the staff and families who went through the ER, etc. I also had a friend in the Dalton, GA area, whose aunt lost her home and nearly lost her life that day. She was seriously injured and in the hospital for several months.
I remember watching the events unfold on television and praying for everyone's safety. It amazes me that in this day and age that they were able to predict the chance of this weather happening days before. Yet it's sad that so many people lost their lives. Many didn't have basements or safe rooms to escape the wrath of EF3- EF5 scale storms (see the rating explanation here).
Having seen the catastrophic outcomes of severe weather with hurricane Katrina and several tornadoes firsthand, I know I don't ever want to be in the path of this weather. It truly is a miracle that many more lives weren't lost this fateful day. For that we can thank the meteorologists, the search and rescue teams, and the medical professionals.
I highly recommend this book. It is straightforward reporting that pulls you in, and tugs at your emotions. You will find yourself experiencing a range of emotions. Then again, being familiar with many of the places mentioned in this book, I could visualize the events as she described them. It's a very real account.
I am capping my day off with a good note. I've got a Butter Pecan Cake baking in the oven. Nothing soothes a soul like a good piece of cake. (Scratch that thought, it went into the disposall. The cake didn't turn out. Bummer)