Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Devastation in Missouri
Those of you who follow my facebook have probably heard that Joplin, Missouri was hit by a deadly E5 tornado, Sunday night. So far 1,500+ people are missing and over 125+ are dead. It's so heart breaking hearing about it on the news and especially when I have family that lives in and around Joplin.
When I heard about the tornado, I was sitting at home Sunday night and my friend had posted on Facebook that something was going down but she didn't specify what had happened. I turned on the news and it showed the big tornado wiping out Joplin pretty much. First thing I did was cry and then hurry to get my cell and call my mom in California. Of course, when I got her on the phone, she knew something was wrong just by hearing my voice. I explained what happened and had my dad call my grandma and grandpa, who live not too far from there. Luckily everyone in my family was alright. The only thing that happened was that my aunts house was damaged, no electricity or anything and they had lost their business. So that brought relief to me; knowing that my family was alright!
I've been following the news every day and really haven't turned it off. I get home and the news comes on and it is only turned off when I go to bed.
I decided that I NEED to go up to Missouri ASAP to see my family. This was a rude awakening for me. I moved to Texas not only for my bf but to be 10 hours away from my family in Missouri. Yet, I haven't gotten around to driving up there in the 2 years that I've lived in Texas. Well I've decided that I need to go up there soon. I was planning on driving up this weekend with it being a 3 day weekend and all. Unfortunately, I will not be able to due to severe thunderstorms, flooding and tornado watches still. I'm hoping to go up there in a week or two. Hopefully once the weather clears up, I'll be able to take the hatch up there, if I don't decide to go with my boyfriend's mom.
Anyway, I will keep everyone posted on what I plan to do and if you live in the Joplin area, prayers are going out your way!