Technology is amazing. Apparently the forecasters are able to predict days in advance the massive storms, whether snowpocalypse in the mid-Atlantic two years ago or the tornadoes across the South in the last few days. An update from FEMA came to my email inbox yesterday warning about severe storm in Alabama today.
After leaving work early today in advance of a possible tornado watch, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the computer. The streaming weather report from a news station in Birmingham ran in the background as other weather sites were checked. The long track tornado began in eastern Mississippi following I-20/59 northeast through downtown Tuscaloosa, near the airport in Birmingham, and the United Methodist Church in Goshen.
Watching the videos that became available, my mind raced to my childhood, growing up traveling those roads, visiting those towns with my parents to visit family friends, eating at the Krispy Kreme in Tuscaloosa. I know those places. As the tornado made its way along the general path of the interstate, I didn't want to stop watching until it was certain that my hometown was safe. As a genealogist, my concern and worry even touched on the old graveyards where my ancestors are buried. Who would right their headstones if the tornado hit the cemetery?
As the tornado tracked to the south of my hometown, my attention turned to possible tornadic activity a few counties away from my current home. It's quiet out there right now. Please no freight train noise during the night.