Thursday, January 31, 2008

Storm Alert 2008

Tonight the boys and I are attending ABC 33/40's Storm Alert 2008 in Oak Grove, Alabama. Oak Grove is in western Jefferson County and was the site of an F5 tornado on April 8, 1998 which killed 32 people in Jefferson County, AL. The twister traveled east-northeast impacting Oak Grove, Concord, Pleasant Grove, Edgewater, McDonald's Chapel, and Pratt City. F5 damage was in the Concord, McDonalds Chapel, and Edgewater areas. I recently posted a seven minute video on YouTube of the damage I captured on video one month after the tornado. That was a very sad day in Alabama history. The Birmingham NWS and James Spann did an excellent job that day and probably saved numerous lives.

I will post more on this later...


3 comments:

Dewdrop said...

Look forward to hearing all about it!!!

Sharp said...

Powerful footage, Mike.

My wife and I met with the one of the survivors of that storm around that time. We were in B'ham for another appointment and we arranged through their pastor to meet the wife of a fellow who suffered virtually identical injuries as my wife. We couldn't really say much to her but I think it was encouraging for her to see that we still had lives and had built a home and were still together. We haven't been in contact since, though.

One thing I've learned: If you really want to help someone in desperate times, don't just give them your number tell them "If you need anything, give me a call." Most people are either too polite and will feel like they're imposing or are too embarrassed that they can't lift themselves up by the bootstraps. YOU have to call them. I think I'm going to post about that soon.

Mike said...

I wonder how they found out about you all. I'm sure it was good for them to see that there were others who could relate and the progress that you made.