So my little hometown of Crittenden, Ky got hit pretty hard yesterday by a tornado (maybe two actually) and very strong winds. I and my family members in northern Kentucky were very fortunate in that for us it was only a fairly chaotic and humbling experience with no harm coming to us.
Our tristate area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio got hit pretty hard. Somewhat fortunately it was mainly in smaller towns.
In seeing some national news this morning I see that this system has devasted many other states in the south, south east and is still going. Apparently the lack of cold air and winter conditions (which I can vouch for) combined with hot air coming up from the south (like Florida) is what has caused all of this.
The tornados here were followed by tennis ball to softball size hail (which I did not see as well either).
Trees on my street, and in the surrounding areas were snapped like twigs, or completely toppled over, uprooted. Houses ripped apart or demolished within just a few minutes of mine and across the tristate.
Stories of the debris (like receipts) landing in peoples yards that originated from 150 to 300 miles away.
Supposedly a nice guy that I work with but do not know, who lives about 5 to 6 miles from me had his house completely destroyed while he was in it. To survive he laid over top of his wife and daughter as he was getting hit in the back with, basically his home.
Like I said, I feel very fortunate. My thoughts go out to those not so furtunate.