Smith Institute, about twenty minutes away from Gadsden, was hit badly. Eric worked the area this morning with his camera, documenting the damage. His text to me later, "Man, it's bad." He found our friends Jacob and Hilary who live in that community. They were okay. Their house was not. Virginia and Kenny ended up with their garage pushed into their kitchen. They are okay, too, though. And Tami and Jimmy, whose home is down the road a piece from Virginia and Kenny's place, had debris in their yard, but no damage. As far as we can tell, there has thankfully been no loss of life.
My talented friend Cookie Beck wrote a poem and posted it to Facebook during all the weather related activities last night. For such a stressful time, it was a moment of clarity and hilarity for this Alabama girl:
he reads Tweets
and says things like
and he apologizes that
we are missing 'Wheel of Fortune' right now.
don't you be sorry, James.
are my Tornado Safe Place.
Y'all be safe out there.