This is a non book-related post.
First, I want to thank each of you who read and responded to my post from Thursday regarding the tornado that hit our city. Your thoughts and prayers mean so much. Since that post, it has been confirmed as an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of around 110 mph. Very scary. And even though there is much damage and a lot of clean-up ahead of us, I cannot imagine what it would have been like if the tornado were worse. I do not want to think about it. Something else that is completely shocking – there were no reported injuries or deaths. Thank you, Jesus.
I have some pictures of my neighborhood. All of these were taken within a few blocks in either direction of my house. I truly cannot describe the feelings that are churning inside me that our house remained virtually unfazed my the whole thing. There was some minor clean-up of tree branches in the backyard, but nothing serious at all. The neighbor to my left had a tree fall on their car and garage. A neighbor a few houses up the street had a tree fall on the front of their house (luckily no major damage). We lost power for only five hours, which is a miracle. Walking around my neighborhood leaves me utterly dumbfounded at the mess that surrounds us. And this is just one section of the city. The tornado traveled through my section of town and then down through the rest of the city, for a total of nearly 10 miles. I have not even been to other parts of the city to look at damage, but I have seen pictures on the news and the devastation all around is unbelievable. And this is a smaller-scale tornado!
I know some of you have experienced tornadoes and understand our plight. Here in NY, we are not used to this type of weather. We get heavy thunderstorms, but rarely a tornado. So, please continue to pray and send good thoughts for our city. At the writing of this post, there are still people without power. Sixteen homes are deemed uninhabitable. A long clean-up awaits us. I found a video of someone who drove around the city and recorded some footage, if you care to look at it (I actually make a blurry appearance at 6:41 as I was walking home from helping some neighbors clean up!).