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I Am a Wealthy Man… 5-1-2014

I have never considered myself rich monetarily. But this week has proven to me that I am wealthy beyond my dreams… and its because of you.

If you aren’t a follower of mine on FaceBook, a brief background on our week. Several tornadoes struck the Tennessee Valley on Monday night, April 28th, 2014. One, an EF-3, stuck our neighborhood with devastating results. Five houses were totally destroyed and several others suffered major damage. I have included a number of photos on this post of the damage to our neighborhood and the adjacent school.

While each of these structures can be replaced or rebuilt, sadly, two citizens lost their lives when the storm hit their home directly. Luckily, on six other injuries were reported in our county, and all were minor.

Below are a series of posts before, during and after the storm. It’s kind of a play-by-play of my night. I realize just how blessed my is.

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Retweeted U.S. Tornadoes (@USTornadoes): RT @CodyMatzFox9: Big tornado moving through Tupelo MS… population roughly 100,000… http://t.co/kK49t54nCD

Retweeted Jason Simpson (@simpsonwhnt): Large tornado NE of Tupelo, Miss. headed toward Franklin County, Alabama. Red Bay be on high alert! #valleywx http://t.co/xZikrNAQC7

Retweeted Strange Brew Coffee! (@SBCoffeehouse): … “@Sean_Breslin: Ugly. RT @stevenheicher: MAJOR damage in North Tupelo. This is serious guys! http://t.co/MGmiMVmdSb”

Retweeted Casting Crowns (@castingcrowns):

“Our help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
We will praise you in this storm!”
#PrayForArkansas http://t.co/RmXgO5pbvo

Retweeted 28storms.com (@28storms): RT @tabithahawk: Tupelo tornado damage just now. #tupelo http://t.co/QxWDKBRT2o

We have some SERIOUS storms headed our way. OWN (‘Ol Weird Nancy) is at work, but was SO worried that she called me… to ask that I move the TaMater plants to a safer location. #FeelingTheLove

Hickville Holler (Pop 2) Farms have prepared for the coming storms… I’ve moved ll three of the TaMater plants up under the porch.

Tornado WARNING in Hickville Holler (Pop 2)…

Debris falling from the sky…

In hindsight, I’m thinking that Storm Shelter might have been a good investment…

NOT a good day to be in the TrailerHood…

Uh oh… expected to be within YARDS of Hickville Holler (Pop 2).

It APPEARS it just missed us… on the ground just North East of Hickville Holler (Pop 2). Still have HEAVY rain and winds…

I’m guessing the SingleWide may have some damage… I don’t think I should have such a nice waterfall INSIDE coming down the wall.

Seeing reports of severe damage within a 10 mile radius of us…

I hear we may have a few lots opening up in the TrailerHood later in the week. I’ll keep you posted…

SEVERE structural damage within miles of the house… uhhhh… trailer.

That one got us… Heavy damage but no injuries.

I do not think our house has “structural” damage. I do know there is some damage to the roof and some vinyl. We no longer have ANY trees. The neighborhood itself has pretty heavy damage. At least three houses will be a total loss. Several with MAJOR damage. Wasn’t able to see the others to assess.

The school adjacent to our neighborhood is heavily damaged. There are reports of fatalities and injuries locally.

I’ll know more in the morning once we can get back to the house in the daylight.

Thanks for all the prayers and concerns tonight.

And sadly… it appears the TaMater plants succumbed to the storm. And OWN (‘Ol Weird Nancy) ain’t happy tonight…

Stunned is all I can say. Just got back to the neighborhood. MUCH more damage than I ever imagined. Several houses destroyed… school HEAVILY damaged.

Will post some photos later.

But we will praise Him through this storm and in everything give thanks.

What we found this morning. WAY worse than I had expected… Several homes totally destroyed and many others with major damage. The school and the houses and a church around it were destroyed (houses and church) or suffered severe damage (school). Two fatalities and mo word on injuries.

OWN (‘Ol Weird Nancy) and I are VERY blessed. It passed within about 75 yards of our house (single wide) where I was riding it out with the cat. We suffered only minimal damage. And the cat survived unscathed. Every time I threw her out on it, she managed to make it back inside. DAMMIT!!

TaMater Plants survived, one with minimal damage…

Thanks for all the messages of care and support. We are overwhelmed at the outpouring.

A video of aerial shots of the tornado damage…

I would like to take a moment to share this…

OWN (‘Ol Weird Nancy) and I have been inundated with words of kindness, prayers, calls, messages, and offers to help since the storm hit Monday night. To say we are grateful would be the understatement of the year.

However, for those asking to come and help, while we appreciate the offers, most of our clean-up is complete. The out-pouring of love from the local community has been awesome.

Tuesday morning, our TrailerHood was at gridlock from folks coming to help. Chainsaws… tarps… etc… were in full use.

All we now lack is roof repairs and replacing the fence around the back. Our neighborhood is currently uninhabitable due to power, but our local utility is working diligently to have it repaired… hopefully by this weekend.
During this time, OWN (‘Ol Weird Nancy) is staying with Melinda and Robert while I’m on the road.

I have never doubted the friendships I have, but this incident has more than cemented those feelings.

Thanks.

ThOm and Nancy Herzog Gilmore <---- OWN ('Ol Weird Nancy) [caption id="attachment_432" align="alignnone" width="225"]Our home.. Our home..[/caption]

View from our garage...

View from our garage…

View from our garage...

View from our garage…

View of our neighbor from our yard...

View of our neighbor from our yard…

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Neighborhood…

Neighborhood...

Neighborhood…

Adjacent to school...

Adjacent to school…

Adjacent to school...

Adjacent to school…

School...

School…

School...

School…

And while this photo isn’t of our area, it was taken of the same storm as it it the Birmingham area… and is just a GREAT shot.

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We are VERY blessed. And I like to use this song by my friend Charlotte Ritchie, and joined by Jeff and Sheri Easter, to emphasize that very fact:

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