Were You Impacted by the Tornadoes This Weekend?

On Friday evening here in St. Louis, we started getting notifications about a potential tornado-creating storm coming through the area. Soon after, tornado sirens began blaring, indicating that tornadoes were imminent. We gathered the cats and made our way to the most secure closet in our condo.

Other than the stress of high winds on us (and the stress of being stuck in a small room on the cats), everything was fine and sirens deactivated after 45 minutes or so. Until, that is, the storm picked up even more, and it was back to the closet for us.

Ultimately, we were fine, and so was our area. We’re in the city, and the worst parts of storms seem to mostly stick to the edges of St. Louis. However, the storms were devastating to others. Kentucky got hit really hard, and even just 30 minutes east of us, you can see how a tornado tore through this fulfillment center (before the tornado, this was one big building):

The site of a roof collapse at an Amazon.com distribution center a day after a series of tornadoes dealt a blow to several U.S. states, in Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S. December 11, 2021. REUTERS/Drone Base

My heart go out to those who were impacted by the storm. Lives were lost and both homes and workplaces were destroyed. Seeing the level of destruction made me realize that we need to have a better plan than “hide in the closet” the next time there’s a tornado warning.

If you’re in the midwest, I hope you’re okay, and you’re welcome to share your tornado story in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Were You Impacted by the Tornadoes This Weekend?”

  1. I live in Kentucky not too far from where a lot of this worst of the storms devastation took place. I was fortunate that my town was not affected but a lot of surrounding towns got obliterated. My heart goes out to all the families impacted by these storms and right now these towns are in need of all the help they can get. Prayers and good vibes appreciated for all the families impacted.


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