Last night, according to Facebook, the South was experiencing tornadic activity. It is storm season, after all, so I didn't think much of it. Then my friend Tom, who is from Alabama, had a status update saying the state had pretty much been leveled. What?!
We turned to The Weather Channel and sure enough, Tom was pretty much right. My heart sank. I have such fond memories of visiting my sister while she lived in Alabama and it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL down there. I can't even begin to fathom what the effected communities are waking up to this morning...
Below are some pictures I saw online this morning.
|15th Street in Tuscaloosa|
|Inside their Krispy Kreme store--this was where I had my very first hot 'n ready Krispy Kreme :-(|
|Amazingly enough, the cups survived the storm|
I just pray that the recovery process goes as well as possible. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones and the places they called home.
Being 17-hours away from the damage, it will be hard to know what survived the storm and what was ruined by it...but here are some of my favorite sites/pics from our travels to the "Heart of Dixie."
|Family pic from when we moved Tawnya & Adam to Tuscaloosa...had to be 2001?|
|The streets by campus...gotta love ALL the green trees!!!|
|One of the now-historic homes on the UA campus|
|Sitting on the top of a hill in Tuscaloosa is some of the best bbq in the world--no joke. It's UH-mazing. All these years later and I still crave Dreamland's.|
|The Paul W. "Bear" Bryant Museum on campus|
|This is NOT in Tuscaloosa...or Alabama, for that matter. But it's one of my favorite sites we visited while in the South--Oak Alley Mansion in Vacherie, Louisiana. To me, this is the epitome of Southern Beauty|
I couldn't steal any other pics of things I liked from the internet...so those will have to do!
Generally, enjoying a song or two usually makes things better. Right? So far, all of those near and dear to us in Alabama and surrounding states are accounted for--yippee! So here's a few songs for your listening pleasure...from none other than Alabama ;-)