As most of you know multiple tornados came through North Carolina on Saturday afternoon. I knew tornadoes had hit other Southern states on Friday, but I never thought my town would be affected by such severe weather. Tornadoes are more common the Midwest/Plains states not in the Southeastern states. The last time a tornado came through North Carolina was in 1984. Much to my surprise, tornadoes ripped through the center of town and were spotted on post. Thankfully, I wasn’t personally affected by the severe weather. Saturday seemed like just another typical day, except for the fact that my neighborhood lost power for a few hours. I nervously watched out the window, scanning the skies for some sign of bad weather and wondering where I could hide out with the dogs if needed. Except for a short rain shower, nothing happened. However, about 5 miles away, homes and businesses were being destroyed.
Once the power came back on, I immediately turned on the television to find out what was going on. I was shocked and saddened to see all the devastation and destruction that happened over such a short period of time. I frantically text messaged friends who live close to the affected areas to make sure everyone was ok. Again, thankfully, everyone was. Today was the first day I got to see firsthand what had happened to these homes. Driving down the freeway to get onto post today was surreal. The neighborhoods that I had passed on Friday that were normal and intact were now destroyed. Roofs were ripped off, trees and power lines were down, and homes were completely demolished. I cried as I drove past the horrible scene and felt sadness for those who lost everything because of the tornadoes.
I’ve been looking into some volunteering opportunities because I want to be able to help those who weren’t as lucky as I was. I will definitely be making a monetary contribution to the Red Cross and hopefully will be assisting with the clean-up. If anyone is interested in making a donation, you can go to the Fayetteville chapter of the Red Cross’s website
or go to the main page for the Red Cross
. Please keep the families in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks/months as they start to rebuild their lives.