Twisters Ravage Tornado Alley Yet Again
It seems as if the area of the United States called Tornado Alley just can’t catch a break. It’s starting a little early this year. Typically April is the month for tornadoes. My hometown is Huntsville, Alabama and I was devastated as I read news from friends on Facebook and looked at pictures of destruction. My family is ok but so many aren’t. A family friend did lose his home. My high school that I graduated from many years ago had a part of the roof ripped off, windows blown out and one of the outbuildings torn apart. There were power lines that fell on cars in the parking lot.
If you have never experienced a tornado, it is fascinating, terrifying, beautiful and ugly all at the same time. It is fascinating how quickly cold air and hot air can converge and create such a powerful force of nature. I lived in Alabama from 1971 until 1997. When there are bad tornadoes, you refer to the by the year. An example is, “Do you remember the tornadoes of ’74?” 1974, 1989 and 2011 are the big years for tornadoes.
Here’s some pix of the area where I grew up.
- Tornado Touches Down in Huntsville Alabama, Damages Homes (blippitt.com)
- PICTURES: Alabama Tornado Damage (fox4kc.com)
- Alabama Tornado 2012: Pictures of Storm Destroying Homes, Ravaging Midwest [PHOTOS] (ibtimes.com)
- Tornado Path 2012: Second Round of Storms Predicted for Midwest, South [MAPS] (ibtimes.com)