traveling tornadoes.

the number of google realtime results for just the word “tornadoes” is increasing every three seconds right now.

this weather is really hitting home. literally.

this afternoon, i drove through joplin on my way to tulsa from a lovely (though a bit rainy) weekend in columbia. due to a scheduling conflict (ugh, doctor’s appointments), i was only able to make a 15 minute drive through and shoot a few images with my hand-me-down, old school iphone 3g.

even though these quick, from-the-drivers-seat pictures show 1/1,000,000 of the damage. the destruction was devastating. fortunately, relief crews were quick to respond, media coverage is vast (witnessed the cnn express bus booking it down an exit ramp) and everyone is pulling together to create a tight support system.

i don’t want to speak for other oklahomans, but even when i see a tornado warning, a lime green sky and hear the screeching sirens, i usually roll my eyes and continue with my internet surf. today was just a healthy reminder to take natural disasters a bit more seriously. they’re the real deal.

((…and to make sure your insurance is up-to-date.))

i hope to go back through joplin or over to chickasha or piedmont to help out a bit.

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~ by caty on 24 May 2011.

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