Another crazy week in the USA! I usually don't watch the storm chasing and all the weather stuff but yesterday was different. Seeing 3-5 tornadoes converging on Oklahoma City was like driving past a traffic accident and not being able to look away. The sense of doom in the pictures on the television, the adrenaline in the commentators voice, all gave a feeling of watching history unfold. Adding to this was the knowledge that this same area had seen a F-5 tornado just a week before made it that much more agonizing.
As we watched the live feeds last night we could see transformers "blowing" and the resulting dark patches in the city. It appears this morning there were still about 90,000 households without power. Amazingly the death toll was surprisingly low. Most that were hurt or injured (or worse) were caught in a mega traffic jam trying to leave town. Making matters worse, rain enveloped the tornadoes so many were driving into the storm without realizing it.
Now worries turn to flooding but the near-term forecast is for fair weather. Hopefully it will give the area a chance to bounce back before any other bad weather surfaces.
I am struck by the organization of the Oklahoma Emergency Services. I believe the overall professionalism must give some comfort to those impacted by these horrible storms. Volunteers that just left the area will likely come back and help these brave people pick up belongings to start their lives again.
Locally another miracle is happening. Some of you may be following the Brown family and their challenges. After the news from the last week it seemed the struggle for Sarah had renewed itself; however, this morning the news was that the last drains have been removed and she has been able to take a couple of long walks. Steve and Julie reported the joy of seeing her laugh till she cried. After what she had been through this week, Sarah's resilient spirit should be a light of hope for us all. I believe that her family is and will continue to be blessed in the years to come.
I look at this huge miracle that so many people were unhurt by the horrible storms last night and the smaller miracle of a family's struggle to save their daughter and conclude that miracles are all around us all the time. It's a shame we don't realize the small miracles with us all the time. Maybe that's why we need these events to happen -- to remind us that we have hope in the future. Anyone can hold on for one more day. The miracles around us remind us that everything passes. Everything changes and we should take comfort in that.
So today, look around for that small miracle that puts hope in your heart?
More Information on 5/31/2013 Storms: http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2013/06/01/unstable-air-mass-prompts-tornado-watch-in-central-northeast-oklahoma/