Alabama is a beautiful state. We have mountains, lakes, beaches, and lush vegetation. Our men say “yes, ma’am” and our women are gracious. Contrary to media caricatures, Alabama is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
I’ve lived in each of the four corners (and the middle) of Alabama at different points in my life, but I’ve spent most of it in the central and northern sections. I’m accustomed to tornados. I live on the coast now, where hurricanes are of greater concern. The massive storm front that came through this week was like nothing we’ve ever seen.
As of 8:00 a.m., 210 people are known dead in my state.
Approximately 1800 people were injured, and many of those are hospitalized.
Papers and other items from Tuscaloosa, one of the hardest hit cities, have been found as far as 150 miles away.
Virtually all of north Alabama has no power – few stores are open – few gas stations have fuel because pumps need powers – few restaurants are open.
The state’s largest utility brought in high numbers of out-of-state crews to restore power, but they don’t serve north Alabama. Those areas typically are served by co-op and municipal electric boards, who help each other out during storms. The storm damage is so widespread that there are few available to help.
Many people have lost everything, including their jobs.
Please, pray for the people of our state and the others affected by the storm, and encourage your friends to do so, as well. If you’d like to do more, please also consider donating to the Red Cross.
And last but not least, make sure to hug your kids and tell your family members that you love them.