What’s Left?

Apr 30th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Opinion

Well this has been a busy few days. Our hearts go out to those who were affected by the tornado Sunday night. We lost one person here in White County - at El Paso - Paula Blakemore. Our prayers go out to her family and our prayers go out to those in Vilonia who are going through this terrible devastation once again, and to those in Mayflower.

As I watched all the various weather people Sunday trying to be alert to the possibility of one or more tornadoes - I really never thought that we would have one supercell tornado that  would be 1/4 to 1/2 mile wide with winds of 165 mph. The weather service hasn’t determined at this time whether it was a EF3 or an EF4 - which is more powerful.  At any rate - we all know that it was plenty powerful.  My mother and I went out on our patio when the tornado was supposed to be in El Paso. Even being about 14-miles away, we heard a strange continuous rumbling in the distance as we saw a huge dark cloud bank. Later my son said that rumbling was not thunder but the tornado. I knew I had never heard thunder like that before. It was very strange.

Here in Beebe, I’m sure that the residents that were here on Jan. 21, 1999, were thinking about what might happen and all the aftermath if something did happen. Luckily and thankfully, it didn’t get closer to Beebe than El Paso. But all of us who lived through the 1999 tornado really feel for those who suffered through this one.

This is the time to give to help those who were hit by the tornado. You can go to the Red Cross website and give or you can give through your church. Here in Beebe, First Baptist Church is a donation drop off point.

There is not much else I can say in this column that is really more important than to keep those who have suffered losses in this tornado in your prayers and if you can, make a monetary donation to the charity of your choice that will help these people.

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!