Monday, May 20, 2013

An Update From Oklahoma

First of all, my family is safe and well. Our home is in Oklahoma City, and the tornadoes hit the city of Moore...about 20 minutes from my home. 

Sirens sounded many times here, but we simply got rain and hail. 

{These are some pictures from my phone as the devastation unfolded.} 
I've been glued to the TV all day...hiding my tears from Grayson and Sutton. I've lived in Oklahoma my whole life, and we've never experienced devastation of this magnitude - not even the infamous May 3, 1999 tornado was this horrific. 
Our news anchors had to turn away with tears in their eyes. One reporter uncovered a deceased mother and her  deceased 7 month old - hiding in a 7Eleven. 

This F5 tornado formed extremely quickly - not leaving much time to seek shelter.

This man {below} works on the Orr Family Farm, which lost nearly all of their 100+ horses. {Some surviving horses were injured, hopefully not to the point of having to be put down.}

He's describing how he hid in a stable and was thrown 100 feet. Behind him is what's left of his living quarters in the stable.
People were walking out of Moore towards Downtown OKC, not knowing where to go...just knowing they couldn't stay there. 

This is one of the elementary schools. About 75 children and teachers "hid" in this hallway, and here's what's left of it:
 As of tonight, 7 children are confirmed deceased. I am grief-stricken for the parents of these children.

Will you pray for these families who've lost EVERYTHING? I can't imagine the loss they are experiencing. 

Thank you for your prayers and thoughts!

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21 comments:

Lena said...

I just saw on the news! I'm glad your family is safe. It's absolutely heart-breaking. All these families are definitely in our prayers!

dee -@ The Old Fat Hen said...

Dear Meridith I have been thinking of you since I saw this on our news.Thank goodness you and your family are family.Prayers for every one take care love dee x

Stephanie said...

My dear Meredith, I am truly heart-broken over what happened. My heart goes out to all those involved in this horrific tornado. I am SO thankful you and your family are safe. I will be praying for the many families.

Love and hugs!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Meredith, I am so pleased to hear that you and your family are safe and sound. We awoke to the news this morning and we just could not believe our eyes. I have never seen anything like it.... the devastation... the homes which have been swept away.
I am so very sorry to hear about the people who have lost their lives and just to let you know, we are all thinking and praying for the families.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady said...

You , your family, and your community are in my prayers. Thanks so much for checking in. No need to reply! Just know I'm sending a huge air hug your way. Much love!

emma @ ourfreshfamily.com said...

I am happy you and the family are safe. I cannot imagine how scary it would be to know the tornado was so close. I remember the sirens going off all the time in Tulsa but never having anything happen.
Sending prayers out!

Tyson Cooper said...

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Emily - Emas Grand Ideas said...

So happy to hear that you and your family are safe and sound. I have been praying. Lots of love from Texas!

Michell Pulliam said...

Oh wow Meredith, so close to home! Praying for you all! So thankful God spared you and your family's lives. As I watch the news my heart and prayers go out to everyone who lost loved ones. Praying that everyone gets the help/resources needed for a speedy recovery. Like Joi...I'm sending a BIG air-hug too! Praying for you and your state my friend! Oh, and thanks for linking up today! xoxoxo

Cindy C said...

oh Meredith! I just e-mailed you. For some reason your most recent posts aren't showing up in my feeder so disregard my message! I'm glad you and your family are okay.

Ashley Ditto said...

I am so devastated. Our family is in heavy prayer. Bless you, friend.

Sandy said...

Meredith, I'm so happy you were not
hit by that monster.. My girl lives on the county line. 134th and 4th st and that sucker just missed her home
by 1 block.. she said they were so afraid while in their shelter, the noise above was horrible as debris hit her home. Her street was littered with much debris and the entire neighborhood behind her was flattened! God was with them on this day! All her favorite shopping places are gone not to mention all the homes!
Gina and her children have had no water or power so are staying with a friend in OKC and the Coast Guard are helping out in the field all day. One thing she said after her ride around yesterday looking for what she could do to help, "The people are wonderful here".. some signs on homes, "Lunch at 2pm" and "Coffee" and the local eye shop "Free Glasses", food shops "Free food" and on her corner and many more, stacks of water, pampers and necessities all for the taking...Just amazing!
The lord was with us both!
take care
Sandy

Danielle said...

Glad to hear y'all are ok. Having lived nearby in he past makes it so much more real. A family I used to babysit for and teach in Sunday school lost their house - everyone is okay, but their earthly goods are gone. Those things and "knowing" you through blog land sure make the events of Monday more real and sobering.

Prayers for those affected - and for those who weren't too, that they might be a blessing.

Have a good day, Meredith!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Oh Meredith - thank God you weren't affected - I didn't realize you lived in Oklahoma sweetheart!
It's too much - everything all over the news just keeps breaking my heart over and over again - stay safe, and of course prayers for all.
Much love,
Suzan

Doreen@househoneys said...

This is beyond heartbreaking! There are no words to describe the sadness I feel for these families. It's too much. Just too much :(.

Nicole @ Mendez Manor said...

So glad to hear that your family is ok!

Rea T said...

just makes me so sad Meredith...I cannot imagine the feeling of that one reporter to have found a deceased mother and her deceased 7-month old child...so sad....

i am heart-broken by the news and what more heart-broken you are living in that place 20 minutes away from it...

glad you and your family are safe, my prayers are with you and the people that have lost their lives and the people they left behind...

huggies,
rea

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

My heart goes out to all the people that lost their homes and family. I've been praying for them. It's so sad :(

ChatterBlossom said...

This was really to horrible. I struggle to even look at the news. I hope people are finding the help they need and I'm glad your family didn't hurt.
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

PolkaDottyPlace said...

SO glad your family is safe, Meredith!! I thought of you right away when everything was unfolding and said prayers for you. So much damage and tragedy; my heart goes out to all of those people who were impacted. Take care this wild weather season!!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

What a great loss. I have been out of blogging as we are in Italy, but had heard of the tornados from the Italian News