Saturday’s Storm

 

Here in southeast Virginia, tornadoes are a rare occurence.  I can only remember about a half dozen or so ever hitting around our area.

But Saturday evening,  severe storms came through Virginia and North Carolina, and what appeared to be a tornado caused considerable damage within about 10 miles of us. The majority of it was downed trees, power lines, etc. But many houses were also damaged.

This is the home of friends of ours. They were hunkered down in the tub during the storm. Can you tell that some of their furniture is still in place, even though the back wall is completely gone? It reminds me of furniture inside a doll house.

Their vehicles (and garage) were destroyed.

Just across the highway, an elderly lady was upstairs in this house, but, miraculously, was uninjured.

And in a nearby area, this beautiful old home was damaged.

What warmed my heart was the number of vehicles in their yard. It reminded me of an old-time barn raising; neighbors helping out neighbors in need.

Even though our immediate area wasn’t in the line of storms, it was scary enough for us. I can’t imagine what it was like for the folks living in these houses.  No one was injured in the houses I’ve shown here, but within an hour of us, there were three deaths associated with this storm.

We’re thankful the storm missed us, but our hearts go out to those who were in its path.

72 responses to “Saturday’s Storm

  1. I thank God we were spared during Sat.’s storms. We didn’t have strong enough winds to even blow small branches off trees. God bless and strengthen those who lost so much.

  2. Words Cannot Express how this makes me feel but it’s amazing the human spirit.

  3. oh dear. how truly sad for the damage, and worse for the loss of life. nature can be fierce and cruel, and yet somehow sparing also.

  4. I was saddened and surprised to hear of the storms. I’m glad that you are unscathed and I give my thoughts to those whom have lost lives and homes.

  5. Saturday’s storms got me thinking back to 1974 when there was the “super outbreak” or tornadoes. Towns all around where I grew up were hit, but we were spared.

  6. Courage and prayers to all those affected. Beautiful part of the country you have there….

  7. How sad to see such destruction. I spent most of past year living in Haiti, where devastation was everywhere–I know how it can affect even those not directly hurt by the disaster. Just seeing it is traumatic enough.

    But congrats on being fresly pressed!

    Kathy

  8. It's just a web site man!

    Heart breaking to see the destruction. Reminds me of Hurricane Andrew down here in Florida. But don’t worry, God has a plan for all of us, and this too shall pass…

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  9. We helped friends of ours that had huge trees uprooted all around their property but their house was untouched. As sad as it is to loose old trees…they are counting their blessings. They were at our house that evening where we only had a little wind and rain so boy were they surprised when they got home to branches down all around the house but even more surprised when they go up in the morning.

  10. Great post. I’m glad so many people made it through unscathed in your area. We were lucky too in our neighborhood down here in Arkansas. Many weren’t, especially in North Carolina.

  11. Wow. Tornadoes are so scary and unpredictable. We were lucky here in this part of NC. We escaped the storms completely…just had a lot of wind.

  12. Shades of Ike, Rita and Katrina. Sigh…each part of the country braces for a storm at some time or another. It keeps us mindful of each other’s days, months and seasons.

  13. I’m here in VA too. It was so sad to see everything being torn apart.

  14. We got Tornado sirens on Friday night in our area as well, in Georgia. I have never heard them before in the past 3 years I have lived there. I was absolutely terrified and didn’t really know what could or would happen next, as I’ve never been in such a situation before, and realized we need some sort of a disaster plan hereon. I am so sorry to see this happen to your friend.

  15. Congrats to my famous sister for being “Freshly Pressed”!!! You go, girl!

  16. OMG:( SAD

  17. sorry for caps lock

  18. As soon as I heard about the storms in VA I wondered if your were in them. So glad you were spared! The pictures just say it all don’t they?

  19. wow incredible damage. thank you for sharing with us this natural disaster. Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  20. Yes, amazing devastation. Tornadoes are strange things; they’ll level a neighborhood, but leave one home standing ?? Some of these images remind me of Isabel … but …. Congrats on being “pressed” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Tornadoes are nothing nice. Virginia looks like Texas and Oklahoma and
    other tornado belt areas now. They hit quick and tear up alot of stuff !!

  24. Wow. How scary for your friends, that old neighbor and anyone living in the older home. One of my worst fears…shiver.
    On a brighter note, congratulations being freshly pressed!

  25. wow, that’s terrible. I hope it can be fixed very soon

  26. Your friends must have been terrified. Sutff can be replaced, lives can’t. I am so glad they were okay. Their home stood up well to the storm, it seems–and it even looks reparable. And the photo of pickup trucks–good neighbors are a gift indeed.

  27. Freshly pressed. Wow! What an honor. And you deserve it. Now more people will be coming back to your blog for more good entries. Congratulations!

  28. I had the same thought; looks like a dollhouse.

    Thank you for sharing this with us .. so many lives changed in an instant.

    -MJ

  29. The idea of a tornado scares me. These houses seem mostly intact, and that is a blessing.

  30. Fortunately I live in an area where there are no natural disasters. I cant imagine what it must be like to be in the line of a tornado. I hear its sounds like a freight train commin straight at ya. It is strange to see that the furniture is still in tact but the entire wall is gone.

  31. Congratulations on being ‘freshly pressed’ you deserve it for this touching and heartfelt post on families effected by the recent tornadoes. The destruction is so sad and terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with them all. I agree that it’s uplifting to see the communities working together to help each other. Human kindness is a ray of light during dark days such as these.

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  32. I can’t *even* imagine. Just wow. 😦

  33. Hope you’re all okay! I’m sure being Freshly Pressed has lifted your spirits a little. Well done!

  34. So glad you all are okay, Dianne. How terrible for these families.

  35. Glad you’re all okay. Page Middle scholl was right next to where I lived before I moved to Smithfield, before I moved to SC.+

  36. Aw…Man

  37. So glad your family’s all right.

  38. Chris van Hasselt

    I’m glad your family is all ok, and no one was injured. I was in Raleigh as the storms passed through yesterday. Friends just blocks from where I was had a lot of wind damage to trees, but to me it seem like a windy thunderstorm. I grew up in Oklahoma, and have been through a number of storms that bred tornadoes. The scary thing is they are so random – a house will be flattened, and the house next door won’t have a scratch.

  39. So glad you and your family are ok, but my heart aches for the ones who have lost loved ones.

  40. We’re here in Southern Maryland and came out of the storms unscathed this time….I was shocked at how many homes and lives of those so near to us were lost! Glad you and yours were unharmed! God Bless!

  41. How sad to see such destruction. I spent most of past year living in Haiti, where devastation was everywhere–I know how it can affect even those not directly hurt by the disaster. Just seeing it is traumatic enough.

  42. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    The Good Lord blessed most of our area again, but I pray for all that losted so much.

  43. So happy that you and your family are fine.Take care!This year there are so many natural calamities all around the would.Hope everything will be OK!!!

  44. My heart goes out to every person affected by this tragedy. Best wishes. 🙂

  45. Thanks for the tour … God bless you and your neighbors as they re-build.

  46. I feel bad for the owner of the house, a few years back we had hurricane Ike and it was terrifying, what more a tornado. It’s good to have great neighbors and friends during disasters.

  47. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! That’s where I found your blog. I, too, live in SE Virginia, rubber stamp, and love sunsets. Thanks for sharing this story.

  48. hope everyone good

  49. I hope my hometown is ok!… Good luck with that

  50. We’re here in Southern Maryland and came out of the storms unscathed this time….I was shocked at how many homes and lives of those so near to us were lost! Glad you and yours were unharmed! God Bless!

  51. YAY!!!! Freshly pressed!!!! Congrats!!!

    Those pictures were uber scary looking. And I do very much agree with you. It does look like a doll house!!!

  52. Glad that you are safe and sound to take the pictures after the storm. Thanks to the Almighty:-)

  53. i cant imagine that to happen here in my country. im hoping not.. but all thanks to God ur safe 🙂

  54. Cheryl Andrews

    Congratulations on being FP’d! The damage is shocking. I grew up in ‘Tornado Alley’ in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Let me see … in school we had bomb drills, fire drills and tornado drills. For decades I had nightmares about the big funnels, but was unscathed until a few years ago when 3 hit my town all at once. Our only losses besides minor damage to the house was the loss of some trees and none of them fell on the house! It was terrifying how fast they hit. I didn’t have time to get my butt out of the chair let alone walk the dozen steps to the basement stairs. I love the picture of the yard full of vehicles … helpers! Che

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  56. My husband works in Surry and we live in Carrollton…Saturday was definitely a scary evening in this area! But we were fortunate not to sustain any damage.

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  57. I can’t even imagine how scary that must have been, for those people in the houses or even for you. Mother nature’s presence seems to be more obvious these days. It’s good to know though, that through all of this, the human spirit is ever strong! I’m glad to know that you and your family were unharmed 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  58. singlestrokechime

    Hi! Just two weeks ago, I wrote an account of my one and only close encounter with a tornado in Kansas 23 years ago. I kept a brown grocery paper bag from Dillons with a tornado advisory printed on it as a souvenir & preserved it carefully for the last 23 years. And then I read in the news on Sat that 62 tornadoes touched down in SC and there were 34 deaths in the region. The photos I have been viewing on the web since Sat, including yours here, remind me vividly of the fear I had on that evening. I live in South-East Asia, nearly 15,000 km or 9500 miles away from the Kansas, where there is no tornado. You have a nice blog with nice photos 🙂 (You’re welcome to view the photos of the paper bag in my blog if you like.)

  59. My husband and I lived in Newport News, VA for 3 years. Great pictures and I’m glad you are alright. Thanks for the non-media coverage of the storm!

  60. Man, I’m thankful all we had was hail!

  61. Fortunately I live in an area where there are no natural disasters. I cant imagine what it must be like to be in the line of a tornado. I hear its sounds like a freight train commin straight at ya. It is strange to see that the furniture is still in tact but the entire wall is gone.

  62. Tornadoes are so scary. We’ve had quite a few over the past week. Down the street from us a man and his baby were killed when a tree fell on the room in which they were sleeping. A child in another room was okay. It was all so sad.
    I know that tornadoes can strike at any time, but I will be so glad when the ‘season’ is over.

  63. realanonymousgirl2011

    Wow! Crazy! I’ve never been in the midst of a tornado but I’ve seen it’s destruction very close to me.

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  65. Your friends must have been terrified. Sutff can be replaced, lives can’t. I am so glad they were okay. Their home stood up well to the storm, it seems–and it even looks reparable. And the photo of pickup trucks–good neighbors are a gift indeed.

  66. Heart breaking to see the destruction. Reminds me of Hurricane Andrew down here in Florida. But don’t worry, God has a plan for all of us, and this too shall pass…

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