Well, in our travels, we went through Moore, seeing the devastation that was truly awful–in the sense of both “terrible” and in the older sense of “awe-inspiring.” A whole swathe of the city, marking the twister’s path, just obliterated, with houses, businesses, and other structures reduced to unrecognizable piles of debris. Coming back, we went by a forested region outside of town, the trees just knocked over and thrown about like toys.
We didn’t see our two sets of relatives by marriage who lost their homes. They were at work when the tornado struck (a major reason the loss of life was relatively small being that most people in the neighborhoods where it hit the hardest weren’t at home at that time of day). They came back to find their homes blown down to the foundations. We were told that they are feeling philosophical about it all. [Read more...]