Last night, my little town of Athens, Ohio was hit by a tornado. We, here in Athens, are sitting in a bowl surrounded by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains - literally surrounded by hills - so, tornadoes here are very, very rare! We saw the storm coming - felt the enormous winds... the pounding rain, thunder and spectacular lightning, and the almost complete darkness at only 7pm was slightly disturbing... but we scoffed. WE don't get tornadoes here.
Luckily - no deaths reported, some injuries, and major damage to structures. But we were lucky. Our house, sitting on top of a big tall ridge was unhurt, but my yard is littered with branches.
Now for the funny... or mysterious part. My oldest daughter is both a senior in high school and a freshman in college. She and her dad had been at her college orientation yesterday when they were advised to leave due to a storm coming. They made it home about 15 minutes before it reached our house. Shortly after, it hit and destoyed part of her college. Below are pictures of her high school. It, too, was damaged and Athens City Schools were closed today.
How in the world did it hit BOTH of her schools??
My daughter's high school football field.
The trailer park next door to her school.
Our hearts go out to our fellow Athenians who had so much destruction...