I do hope that everyone had a safe and surviving Tuesday. It was a bad day here in Arkansas and Tennessee as well. The last couple of days has been Spring like here. Both days the temperature got up to 72 degrees. I turned my A/C on yesterday because it had done got warm inside the house here. It is currently 61 degrees as I'm typing this tonight. Today was suppose to have been "SUPER TUESDAY". But, as you can see from the picture above, it turned into "TORNADIC TUESDAY" here in the Mid-South. The picture above is from http://www.arkansasmatters.com/. It is a picture of a Tornado in Atkins, AR. Atkins is off of Interstate 40 near Russellville, AR. They got hit bad earlier tonight. If you would like to see some more pictures from there, just go to the web site that I posted. Here is some updated information on their website.
There are seven confirmed fatalities in the state of Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is reporting injuries in Pope, Conway, Baxter, Newton, Stone, and Van Buren counties. Fatalities are coming in from Pope County, Conway County, Baxter County and Van Buren County. We have crews all over the natural state. We'll bring you the very latest as more information comes available.
Also, the city of Mt. View, AR, got hit hard tonight as well. I know the Emergency Room in Mt. View took a bad hit. I was told that they transported people to a Nursing Home in Mt. View. Mt. View is a tourist town. One of our local t.v. station reporters told tonight on our local news that homes are destroyed and businesses are destroyed. I don't have any pictures to show of Mt. View right now, but sometime tomorrow, if you click on http://www.kait8.com/, you will probably see some pictures of the damage in Mt. View and other places here in our area. Here in our area all we got was some heavy rains and thunder and lightening. The wind did blow a little, but nothing major. We had been under a Tornado Watch for most of the day and still are until Midnight. Around 8:30p.m., they put us under a Tornado Warning. They sounded the sirens here in our town. There was a Tornado that was moving up from the Southern Counties and we were to catch the tail end of it. That is why they sounded the sirens here. "THANK YOU" GOD for watching over us today and tonight. You are an AWESOME GOD!!!! I tell ya, I was really scared this evening when the Tornado Warnings started getting issued around us. I was doing my best to stay calm for the girls. They were scared too. They asked me a couple of times to pray for them. I gathered them with me and we held hands and I said a prayer for us and the Tornadic Storms. When they sounded the sirens here tonight, we left and was going to go to our other house where there is a storm cellar. As I was fixing to drive off, my MIL called me and wanted to know where I was going and I told her. She asked if we wanted to come to her house and the girls said yes. She lives in a Government Complex where her apartment is in between 2 other apartments. We got there just in time because the rain came down. We stayed there till about 9:30p.m. and we came home because everything was moving on East of us across the Mississippi River. Earlier in the day, Memphis, TN, and some suburbs of Memphis got hit with a Tornado as well. If you would like to see some pictures of that damage, go to http://www.wreg.com/ and http://www.wmctv.com/. Also, Jackson, TN, has been hit as well. The Hickory Ridge Mall in Memphis, got hit bad. The Sear's store got tore up really bad and the roof came off of the whole Mall. They have video's and pictures on both websites to look at. There has been some fatalities over in Memphis as well. There won't be an exact amount of damage until daylight tomorrow. I'm sure the NWS will have people out assessing the damages. Please, I ask that everyone remember all the victims that have lost everything and loved ones in this Tornadic Tuesday and remember them in your prayers. My Parents were under a Tornado Warning about the same time we were, but all that happened there was they lost power. We didn't lose power this time. "PRAISE GOD". I would like to commend our local t.v. station, http://www.kait8.com/ for doing such a wonderful job in keeping up with the storms here in our area today and tonight. The KAIT8 Storm Team people did an excellent job. They started working around 4:30p.m. this afternoon and continued until about 9:45p.m. tonight. They interrupted regular programming to stay on the air constantly keeping track of the weather. Some people don't like it when their t.v. show is interrupted, but I tell you one thing, I had rather miss a non-important show and listen to what the weather is doing or going to do. Lives are very important, t.v. shows aren't. That is just my personal opinion tho. Ryan, Sarah, and Chris, yall did an outstanding job and I am very proud of you 3. Keep up the good work.
Now, I guess my weather report is over with for a while. I haven't posted in a couple of days as you can tell. Our youngest daughter is better and "THANK YOU" each and everyone for the prayers you said for her. Monday morning when she got up, she was still feeling just a tad bit ill, so I kept her home for safe measures. She did go back to School today tho. I have not been sick, knock on wood. I have just been going thru something, which I don't want to share right now, and I just haven't had the will power to do a post. I did do some visiting the last couple of nights tho. "THANK YOU" each and everyone of you who said prayers for me going thru my situation. I do appreciate each and everyone of them. You see, I suffer from depression and panic attacks. I have been doing this since our youngest daughter was born. I take an Anti-Depressant Pill at night before I go to bed. I don't know if it was due to the fact that I had children late in life or what. I was 34 years old when our oldest daughter was born and 36 when our youngest daughter was born. I know that doesn't seem old since there are some ladies having babies in their 40's and beyond now a days. I am very tender hearted as well. I don't like to get my feelings hurt. Someone can just say the least little thing or do the least little thing, and it really upsets me. I'm just a very emotional person to say the least.
There's not been much going on around here the last couple of days except for the Tornadic Weather we had today. I did do 4 loads of laundry today because I was afraid we might lose power and the girls needed some clean clothes for the rest of the week as well. We went up to Backwoods BBQ again tonight for our supper. I just didn't feel like cooking and wanted to hurry and have supper just in case the power did go off. After we got home, I made the girls get their baths early. After we got back from my MIL's house, they went to bed.
My DH will hopefully be home around 3:00 or 4:00a.m. in the morning. They have had another bad week. They made it to Salt Lake City, UT, on time. When they left there, they were ahead of schedule. Somewhere down the road, one of the tires on the truck started losing air. They pulled into a Truck Stop and had a new tire put on. That cost them about 2.5 hours of driving time. They made it on down to North Las Vegas, NV. When they left there, they were on their way to Kingman, AZ, to get on Interstate 40 to head back this way. Somewhere down the road there, the same tire started losing air again. They pulled into another Truck Stop and had to have a new Rim and Tire. That cost them another 2.5 hours of driving time. So, that has set them back about 5 hours in getting home. Now, since they have had that damage in Atkins, AR, off of Interstate 40 here in Arkansas, I don't know if they will be able to get thru or not. He has started having trouble with his cell phone as well. It keeps dying on him. He charges it up, but the battery doesn't last very long. The last time I heard from him tonight was around 6:17p.m. He said that he was about 30 miles into the State of Oklahoma. I have been trying to call him, but all it does is just go to his voice mail. Looks like my DH will be getting a new Cell Phone for his Valentine's Present from me this year. Ever since the girls got their new Cell Phones for Christmas, me and him both have been wanting one like theirs. I have noticed that they price on them have gone down about $20.00 since we bought the girls theirs. If he needs one, I will get it for him because it drives me crazy not being able to talk to him when I want to. It bothers him too because he can't call me when he wants to either. Also, if I buy him a new one, it will be a Tax Deduction for us at the end of the year. Since he has to use it for business, they consider it a Tax Deduction.
Well, guess I'll go for now. Just thought I would go ahead and do a post. It's late, but better late than never they say. Yall take care and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.
LOVE & HUGS,
LOVE & HUGS,