dear MCH -
eight inches of rain in two days. i think this is some sort of record for mcdonald county where we live. (modern records go back to and start with 1950.)
we are 36 miles - 57Km - 40 minutes via freeway - from joplin, mo.
actually my husband was in the home depot building supply store, buying a band saw blade just one day before the storm hit. that store was totally destroyed by the tornado with 7 people being killed there (3 of them a dad and his two children 2 & 5).
seems the experts have upgraded the tornado to an EF-5 ranking the joplin storm among the deadliest and the most rare. seems EF-5s only happens about every 20-30 months.
122 is the latest official dead. the search dogs and their handlers of late have only 'recovered' and not 'rescued' anyone, but there is still hope that more people will be found alive in the rubble.
5 schools totally destroyed with 3 others receiving damage. fortunately all of them were hit on sunday and all of them are insured.
several churches were in the path of the tornado, so the ministers there have their work cut out for them in 'moore' than one way.
over 5,000 buildings now counted as destroyed/damaged in the storm's path.
so odd. part of me doesn't want to watch or read any'moore' about it, but like the kennedy assassination all those years ago, one just returns to it. as if our hearts are saying, if we but look at it one more time, it will all go away, being just a figment of the imagination, or a very bad dream.