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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tornado Devastation

It would not be right to not go through the day and not acknowledge what happened here in Northwest Ohio last night. The surrounding areas of Toledo, Ohio were hammered by tornado's which caused major devastation in Millbury, Ohio and Dundee, Michigan. Many other areas were in the path of these tornado's with scattered damage, but nothing that compared to what happened to Millbury in Lake Township. The local high school and municipal buildings are now a pile of rubble. Subdivisions were hit hard with some now a pile of lumber. A total of seven people are now confirmed dead with some people still not accounted for. It was reported that this was the worst severe weather outbreak in more than a decade, although I do not remember anything like this in all my adult life.

The devastation this tornado caused hit home for me and my family. Lake township is where my hubby's family lives and where he grew up. His Alma mater is now rubble and the community he grew up in will be forever changed. Luckily our family is alright and did get through this without injury and damage to their properties. What we all went through is something you only here about in Kansas or see on TV. After we finally woke up this morning and went outside, we were greeted with small amounts of rubble that came from someones home. Things such as potholders, remnants of a wedding album, Christmas decorations, insulation and roofing shingles lined a path in our yard. There is still insulation sitting on our roof. I realized then just how close we were to beings victims of this storm and became saddened by the thought of all the families that will have to start over and the families that will have to bury their loved ones.

Many times we see dark sky's and here sirens going off, but don't often act on the warning's because we don't think weather related tragedies will ever happen to us or our community. It is always someone else's. If you are one of these people, take these warnings seriously. The weather the past several years has become more fierce and thunderstorms have become more violent. Take heed the next time a siren goes off in your community because you never know if you or your community will be next.

Stay Safe,

Shelly

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