|Pic of Rowlett tornado from TV news|
This is not the blog I'd planned to post this morning. Yesterday I had started writing a brief summary of our Christmas Day with Christmas pics of cats, etc. But now that just doesn't seem appropriate... not after the night we had.
These pics were taken straight off the TV news. Most of the damage was in Rowlett, Garland, and one other area I believe. There may be more areas reported as the day goes on. It was dark when it happened, so the morning may bring more info.
We live in NE Richardson, but Garland starts just a few blocks east of us... and our youngest son lives in Rowlett (a little more east). We texted with him as the tornado sirens on our iPhones, TV, and neighborhood areas were going off. DH and I were in our middle bathroom, son, wife, and 3 year old grand daughter were in theirs. He said that suddenly their power went off and then the roof shook. As it turned out, the tornado touched down about 1/2 mile from their house.
Apparently some people were caught in their cars on the road. I believe they're reporting 5 - 8 deaths on the road... maybe 11fatalities in all. But if you look at the pictures, there could be more.
When their power stayed off, son and his family planned to come to our house later that night... but news reports asked people to stay in their homes and not get out on roads due to hundreds of first responders out, power lines down, and car wrecks in the area... so they stayed put. It was dark, storms still coming through, and not knowing what you might find - probably for the best. This morning son said that there were police blocking off roads everywhere.
So please pray for those affected. Such a horrible thing to happen... made even more so being the day after Christmas. Will write more as the day goes on...
And oh, cats were frantic... running and hiding... before the tornado touched down. We finally locked them all together in one room.