Sunday, December 27, 2015

the night AFTER Christmas...

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.


  1. Oh. My. Cod. I'm almost speechless. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family and everyone in the region, because every Being is impacted. Please be safe; god and goddess bless.

  2. Oh how horrible,hadn't heard about it yet.So glad You and Your family...son esp. are fine.Always scary when close to home.Lord Please bring comfort to those involved.

  3. I'm glad to know that neither you nor your family were too badly impacted. I guess when it's your neighbourhood that's hit though, it impacts you all. I hope your bruising is healing up nicely after your fall. Look after yourselves...and your cats, poor things. At least you know what is going on.


  4. I hadn't seen any news and so didn't know that a tornado had touched down so close to you. Good that you all came out of it with no damage and hope that your kids place didn't receive any collateral damage that can't be easily fixed. Such weird weather all around, makes you wonder, doesn't it.

    A really close friend of mine lives in Grapevine so I guess I'd better get on the phone and see if she is okay.

  5. I am so glad you are okay! What a horrible thing to happen at any time, but especially now. Sending you prayers and hope that the horrible weather is now past. :-(

  6. Oh no, I hope everyone is safe and the storms pass quickly. Thinking of you and your family, and all those touched by the devastation.

  7. Our son and his family used to live in that area .It looks devastated now. Prayers for you and your neighboring towns.

  8. Oh gosh, Rian, how terrible! So glad you and yours are safe. Even though our UK mews bulletins have been dominated by the very bad flooding here, we heard about your tornadoes.

  9. What a devastating night. I am hoping that recovery is quick.


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