FYI: Lots of damage in the neighborhood

It’s funny how little control I actually have over the agenda after I post it at 6:30 in the morning.

I was at the Wellness Center about to embark on my 3.3 miles when I joined the crowd watching the weather on TV. At the time a tornado had been spotted along Mount Vernon road, which is not far from my house. Damage had been confirmed at the airport, which is even closer to my house.

I figured I better start heading toward my house.

Laurie and the kids were already at school, so I didn’t worry much about them. Schools have training on how to handle these things, more than I do.

When I turned on the road to the neighborhood, it was blocked by either a downed tree, a downed power line or both. Not a good sign. I made it home through the detour and turned into the neighborhood to find people walking around looking at their houses and talking on cell phones.

When I got home I saw a trampoline in my neighbor’s yard, or at least parts to a trampoline. My neighbor doesn’t own a trampoline, but I used to.

Our dog, Chipper, a 10-month old beagle, was inside the sun room sitting by the locked door hoping that someone would be home soon to open it.

After quickly surveying our house and yard, I began a walking tour of the neighborhood. I saw Daily Journal reporter Danza Johnson and photographer Todd Sherman out doing what we do. I stopped to help carry boards to a group of guys on top of one roof trying to secure a tarp before the rain started again.

I have seen no homes destroyed. I have seen two homes with holes in the roofs. Most of the damage I have seen has been to roofs that have lost shingles or wooden fences blown down. Most of the damage is to homes near the front of the neighborhood, including one to a Japanese family that recently moved here to work at Toyota. There are lots of downed trees.

My home has damage — very slight damage — to a patio roof that was sustained when the trampoline blew up, hit the roof and began its journey through the neighborhood as it disassembled along the way. I never liked that trampoline. The patio roof is now leaking from the rain that just began to fall. We have three trees down in the back yard, but all three fell the right way, hit no fencing and brought the stumps with them.

From what I can tell we never lost power here, at least not at my house. On the whole I’d say we — at least in this particular neighborhood — have fared much better than the folks in Union County who suffered in last Friday’s storm.

I think there was more substantial damage not far away, particularly at the Furniture Market, which I know was hit hard.

This is a clear reminder that God controls the agenda.

— PA


13 Responses to “FYI: Lots of damage in the neighborhood”

  1. asudduth Says:

    Glad you are ok and that your house is not destroyed.

  2. jaybirdms Says:

    Good to hear only minor damage, PA. We know several folks in your neighborhood, if you live where I think you live.

  3. djrebel Says:

    Thanks guys.

    — PA

  4. Ginny Says:

    Glad y’all are safe. Good post.

  5. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Good that personal injury didn’t occur, or so I have heard. Property can be restored or replaced, not life. I agree with you PA, God is in charge. Tornados much different than hurricanes, but both killers. Hurricanes, warning for several days in advance. Tornados almost instant. The best to all up there in Lee and surrounding counties under damage. Jimmy

  6. 2thdoc Says:

    PA, glad everything is ok. Lowe’s is a mad house with all of the trees down around the parking lot. Lots of windows out of cars parked closest to Gloster and power lines laying on N. Gloster. Stay away from that area unless you have plenty of time for the detours through parking lots and intersections with no signal lights working.

  7. oxfordrebel Says:

    Glad to hear everything is OK with y’all, but some of my neighbors in Itawamba Co. didn’t fair so well. The twister touched down about a mile from my parents house, and though they weren’t affected, alot of friends were. No one completely lost a home from what I’ve heard, but lots of roofs torn off and trees down. One person even had 2×4’s rocketed through her house and plowed into the walls of her home like they were arrows shot out of a huge bow. My wife and I just recently bought a mobile home to move into so we could get back closer to home, and the tornado came within 100 yards of the trailer, but I’m told that we didn’t lose a single shingle, but a plum tree was yanked up by the roots in the front yard, less than 10 steps from the house! Luckily, no one was hurt in the community. I wish I could leave Oxford to go survey the damage myself but with Ashley only a couple days from her due date, I’m scared to risk going so far. Good luck to all who have lost anything.

  8. rebmus Says:

    What part of Itawamba?

  9. VA Reb Says:

    PA, glad that you and the family are all right. Tornadoes can really destroy a lot of stuff in a really short period of time. Larry

  10. djrebel Says:

    OR, sorry you guys got hit so hard. When I was driving back to the house this morning, the warnings were being issued for Itawamba.

    Thanks Larry.

    — PA

  11. rebel in bham Says:

    Thank God for the not so little reminders of what is truely important.


  12. J A Says:

    Hey P A, really glad you and family were safe from the destruction. When I heard about the hit, I didn’t know what to expect.

    J A

  13. djrebel Says:

    Hey JA, thanks for checking in. We came out fine, praise the Lord. No reported deaths, and from what I could see the property damage was not as extensive as I know it has been in other areas from other storms.

    It’s just that time of year, kind of like when the winds get whipping around that creek down in Easleyville sometimes.

    — PA

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