Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tornado Devastation in My Hometown

On April 27th, 2011, part of Plainview High School (my Alma Mater) and DeKalb County Coliseum were destroyed by an EF-5 tornado that left a 25 mile path of destruction.  More than 300 homes were destroyed and 33 people killed in DeKalb County.  38 people were also killed in Tuscaloosa that day, too.  For some reason major media focused on Tuscaloosa and overlooked DeKalb County victims.

Here's actual film footage of the tornado as it formed and dropped from the sky just a couple minutes before it tore through the area:  Rainsville Tornado 4/27/2011.  It is quite frightening.

June 25th was the first chance we had to travel to Alabama to see what had happened.  There are no words to describe the destruction.  The loss.  Seeing the dozens and dozens of houses ripped apart in the areas we traveled, I cannot imagine the fear that struck the hearts of the people who survived through this.  My heart goes out to them and to the families who lost loved ones.

I attended Plainview from K-12th grade.  I am a product of that school.  My craft of writing stems from what I learned there.  My novels are an extension of those who taught and encouraged me to pursue my goals.  I want to be able to give back to the school for those reasons.  I'm setting plans into action right now and will update soon on what I can do.


  1. I am so sorry to hear about this. I cannot believe the number of tornadoes that have come over the US this year.

  2. Thanks. Yes, very bad year for all types of weather and earthquake tragedies. I was seven years old when the 1974 tornado outbreak occurred. I never imagined that horrid day would be topped. Sadly, it was this year.

  3. The EF5 that hit Joplin was my hometown for 12 years. I know how you feel! :(

  4. Sorry. That was more horrendous,too.