On May 20th, the city of Moore, Oklahoma, experienced one of the worst F5 tornadoes, with winds over 200+ mph winds. During this storm/tornado, I found myself (an older over weight woman) in my small linen closet with a bicycle helmet, crouched down holding on to my two Chihuahuas, thinking to myself, “I wasn’t going to survive this tornado”. As this tornado headed east bound, roaring through the city of Moore, throwing houses, cars, trucks, tractors, trees, cows, horses, and people like they were paper dolls, I remained in my closet in fear, listening to the roar, feeling the winds (because my bathroom window was open at the time to prevent my house from exploding), and feeling the pressure all around me. I slowly crawled out of the closet shaking, not knowing what type of damage actually occurred to our home. We were fortunate, our damage was nothing compared to those who were directly in the path of this monster. After finding out my family was okay (both son and husband were at work), I worked at getting our supplies together to hit the road to help those in trouble. Emergency personnel requested everyone stay off the roads and out of the area for 24 hours. My family honored the request of the emergency personnel. After the 24 hours of waiting, our family went into action to help those in need.
On a post I made back in May about the incident, I took several pictures of a home and a development my family worked to help victims recover belongs and provided emotional support. Remember some of these pictures?
Well here are a couple of these pictures right after the tornado. I also have several pictures taken last night while traveling through the same area. Notice the debris is all gone, the grass has grown, several trees produced green leaves, and there are signs of people rebuilding.
Over the next several months, when I travel back in the hit hard area, I will take pictures to show the improvement and life returning to the area.
Going back last night into areas hit was very emotional for me. I thought about the pain and suffering each person experienced, and wonder if they would return to rebuild, or move to a safe place, far away from tornado alley.
Same Location Totally Cleared Out