disaster, Kentucky, Red Cross, spring, thunderstorm, tornado, West Liberty
On Friday, Kentucky was about 75 degrees and there were dangerous thunderstorms/tornadoes. Today, it is 40 degrees, spitting snow, and there is a winter weather advisory. The saying goes “If you don’t like the weather now, wait five minutes. It will change.” How true that is.
Some of you may remember my previous post about the Sorghum Festival held yearly in West Liberty KY. Well, that little town is no more. It was hit by a tornado around 5pm Friday afternoon. Death toll in that town has reached 5; over thirty people were killed across the Midwest because of the same band of storms.
Below: The Methodist Church in West Liberty. The photo on the top I took last year. The photo below is from The Original Weather Blog.
A video taken of the storm by a local resident:
Another link from CBS news with more shots of the buildings destroyed: CBS News Coverage
My in-laws live about 20 miles from West Liberty and had tennis ball sized hail. It knocked off the side mirrors of their car, busted the windshield, and severely damaged the roof on both porches. Property can be replaced. Thank God our family is safe.
If you want to donate time, clothes, or money to those suffering because of this tornado, contact the American Red Cross in your community or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Remember, not only did these people lose their homes and businesses, they don’t even have warm coats and a safe place to sleep. It will be a long time before West Liberty can recover from this blow. You can help make a difference.
Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide said:
How sad. Thanks for sharing though.
You’re welcome. Good morning…
I’m so sorry this happened. I feel your pain. We went through this in Alabama last year and the scars will take years to heal. It was very difficult to look at some of the videos of the destruction there (where you are) because it reminds me so much of what I saw here, and in some places still do. The weirdest thing for me was going out after all the tornadoes and finding parts of peoples homes, and mail in our yard from over 80 miles away! Often it seemed to us that there was nowhere you could go or turn without running into these horrible scenes of distruction. But the very most difficult thing to witness was all the folks living in tents, and getting food from the Red Cross at the side of the road. It breaks your heart.
I am sending prayers for you and yours, and for all that are suffering loss there. XO, Lynda
PS: Thank you for the Red Cross Information!
Thank you so much for your comment. I love that this blog has connected me to people in such a close and comforting way. I can’t imagine how violated people must feel knowing that their personal belongings are strung out across the state. And the fear you would have of losing it all again. Thanks for your prayers and support. ❤
It is such a terrible loss for everyone. It is so hard to imagine living through something like that.