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Posted: 4/29/2011 8:56:31 AM EDT
Hey guys,

It has been a long night. We spent last night / this morning helping continue the search in the Pleasant Grove area, one of the hardest hit in Jefferson County.

The scene is just undescribable devastation. I have never seen anything like it. The death toll will only climb higher. There is human carnage. I won't go into further detail on that. Don't really feel like it right now.

As far as I could see, the landscape has been virtually scraped flat. There are front porch steps that don't have houses to go with them. There are dead pets everywhere. Clothing, cars, matresses dangle from the few tree trunks remaining upright.

Sheet metal is folded like paper mache around everything. Power lines are strewn like spagehtti entwined in all the wreckage. The ones who survived, did so by the grace of God.

There are many pics to follow, most of which look similar. That's because the whole landscape looks the same, just a wasteland.

If you pray, please do so for these folks. If not, please keep them in your thoughts. The numbers of people who want to help are staggering. There are volunteers walking around giving out coffee, hot dogs, snacks... moving rubble, people lending personally owned Bobcats, etc.. to clear the roads. Most roads are passable by now, there is just nothing to go to on those roads.



















Continued....
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-Tim
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Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:00:01 AM EDT
Looks like Ivan pictures, except for the car that must have been flung against the tree.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:00:08 AM EDT

Prayers sent to those affected and those gracious enough to help them.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:00:44 AM EDT
Unbelievable.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:01:33 AM EDT
fuck
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:02:26 AM EDT
205mph winds..not much man made can stand up to that.  



Prayers sent...
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:02:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:03:07 AM EDT
Wow. Thanks for sharing and for trying to help.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:03:25 AM EDT
I cannot imagine what those people went through
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:03:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 9:06:00 AM EDT by Spade]
Originally Posted By M4-AK:
Looks like Ivan pictures, except for the car that must have been flung against the tree.


That car looks like it was going pretty fast when it hit that tree. Damn.

I know you don't want to take about damage to people, but in general what kind of injuries are you usually seeing? I'm thinking from a "first aid supplies" perspective.  Wife and I are talking about what kind of shelter we want in our next house (which would also be the guy/gun storage/gun maint/emergency supplies room).
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:04:09 AM EDT
If any of our members down there need help, let us know.



We should get a tacked thread offering out help.




Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:05:34 AM EDT
The raw power of nature is truly humbling.




Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:07:30 AM EDT
I was in Picayune MS, the day after Katrina where a significant number of tornadoes hit. It was bad, but nowhere near as bad as those pics.

I've got a student from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who has been out of touch with his family for days and nobody knows where they are.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:07:43 AM EDT
Thanks for sharing...our prayers are with everyone affected.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:07:56 AM EDT
What a horrible mess. As bad as the loss of life was, going by those pictures I'm shocked it wasn't much higher.

Thoughts and prayers out to those affected and those helping them.




Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:08:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
If any of our members down there need help, let us know.

We should get a tacked thread offering out help.





There is a thread in the MS/LA/AL hometown forum where various members have offered assistance.  If there could be a tacked help thread in GD, I think it may help, but I've not seen any thread yet where anyone is requesting assistance.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:08:24 AM EDT
Wow, looks like an inland tsunami hit...
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:09:12 AM EDT
Man...so much damage.



Best wishes for the families dealing with this disaster.




Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:09:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By M4-AK:
Looks like Ivan pictures, except for the car that must have been flung against the tree.


I have NEVER seen a photo like that...I think most everyone here knows that it takes an INCREDIBLE amount of force to do such a thing.

Very sad.
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Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:10:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BatchelorGroda:
Originally Posted By M4-AK:
Looks like Ivan pictures, except for the car that must have been flung against the tree.


I have NEVER seen a photo like that...I think most everyone here knows that it takes an INCREDIBLE amount of force to do such a thing.

Very sad.


Looks to be a mid-air collision too. That's an incredible photo.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:12:36 AM EDT
Frightening
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:17:31 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Chris_C:
If any of our members down there need help, let us know.

We should get a tacked thread offering out help.



Yes, we should.


And Jesus Christ... those pictures... where the hell do you even start?
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:17:35 AM EDT
My home was hit by an F-5 tornado when I was a teenager, so I can definitely sympathize with everyone affected by this. If I lived closer, i'd be jumping to help where I could.  Absolutely horrible seeing the death toll continue to rise.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:19:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Wow, looks like an inland tsunami hit...


I was thinking a nuke
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:20:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 9:23:58 AM EDT by tyman]
Looks like an apocalyptic movie set.

Godspeed in your recovery, Alabama.


eta:  They're now saying the tornado that went through Smithville, MS is an official EF-5.  The first one again since Iowa 2008 and Greensburg, KS 2007.

Official EF-5 tornado in Smithville, MS
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:23:41 AM EDT
I passed through the neighborhood that I grew up in (Del City, OK) after the May 1999 F5 hit ....It was amazing to see what wind can do to large trees...and the second story of my old house was opened to the sky
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:25:35 AM EDT
I've been a bit grumpy lately over stupid crap. Not anymore.

Prayers

GM
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:26:02 AM EDT
wow these pictures really bring home what happened. Praying for those inbound and God bless.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:32:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NorCal_LEO:
Good lord.

Thanks for sharing the pictures with us Smitty and hats off for your work.  A solemn reminder the power of nature and how lucky some of us truly are.



Yes.  Very much so.  Makes me feel awful for the times I complained about what we went through due to Ike.  NOTHING in comparison to this.  Our home and things were damaged but we still HAD a home.  
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:33:22 AM EDT
Friend of mine lives near Tuscaloosa and tells me the devastation was horrifying; he can't contact a female friend of his and he's worried sick. The death toll is already past 300+.

My prayers are with my fellow Americans in this terrible time.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:33:30 AM EDT

Smitty, thanks for posting that.
 


And thanks for being there to help.

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:33:31 AM EDT
 Prayers sent..
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:37:53 AM EDT
Pure destruction...

I can't imagine coming home and realizing everything I own is gone.

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:40:01 AM EDT
Wow, I guess it could get worse than that but it wouldn't matter if it did.  
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:44:43 AM EDT
Damn....Prayers for all involed.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:46:58 AM EDT
Prayers for my Southern neighbors.

Thanks for posting the pics and for your service to your community. Stay safe.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:48:50 AM EDT
how many hurt
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:48:52 AM EDT
Wow, that SUV is literally bent in half.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:49:38 AM EDT
God be with you all in the upcoming weeks. I'm sorry this happened to you.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:53:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 9:53:36 AM EDT by navvet89]






unbelievable





as a lesson learned Im going to be much more cautious about storm warnings here, I always keep a close eye but that storm produced so many big twisters it was horrible.



thanks for the picts smitty.

Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:55:13 AM EDT
Jesus Christ, makes you really thing about what REALLY is important in life and stop bitching over petty BS.....
 Heart and prayers for everyone that was effected by the storms  


 And a BIG thumbs up for all that are volunteering for SAR and cleanup  
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 9:57:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/29/2011 10:08:05 AM EDT by PowerSlave]

Originally Posted By VoodooChile:






I passed through the neighborhood that I grew up in (Del City, OK) after the May 1999 F5 hit ....It was amazing to see what wind can do to large trees...and the second story of my old house was opened to the sky






I saw that storm build down in Lawton when I lived there. I worked the recovery effort in Moore. That is the worst destruction I've seen in person, in my life. I was physically and mentally drained after just one day. I drove to a neighborhood in Moore Ok where a girl I knew lived. Here house, and the whole neighborhood were gone. To this day, I don't know what ever happened to her. We weren't close, just an acquaintance really.
I feel for those people. If you have never been in a Tornado, or survived one in a cellar, you really cannot understand what those people are dealing with.
I remember the April 10th 1979 F5 that went from Wichita Falls TX to Lawton OK. I'll never forget that sound I heard while hiding in the hallway with my dad. He is a WWII and Korean War Vet. It was the first time I saw fear in his eyes. We didn't have time to get to the cellar. Our house was spared by the grace of God, but it I will never forget that day. This tornado was a mile wide.






I still get sick to my stomach when they blow the civil alarm siren at noon in the small towns I work in now. That siren has a whole different meaning to me.
 


 
 
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 10:00:17 AM EDT
A cousin is on a lineman crew working their way west out of Ringgold Georgia.  Yesterday he sent word back they are using chainsaws and finding bodies.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 10:02:14 AM EDT
This proves only one thing..

All Single family homes should be built with a Storm/Bomb Shelter designed cellar.. The Cellar should be a stand alone backup home if the upper floors are destroyed in a fire or natural disaster.
Link Posted: 4/29/2011 10:07:43 AM EDT
Damn..
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312 deaths confirmed so far, 210 in Alabama alone. God bless you guys over there Smitty.





RIP

 
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