Tornado aftermath.

It is time to start the long cleanup now.
Yesterday this was my town:
 Yes we were one of the worst hit towns in the terrible massive storm that sent over 70 tornadoes through North Carolina.  This storm just kept coming and coming.  It didn't lose power and it didn't back down one bit.  She had a vengeance and tore down anything in her path. 
She took down our Lowe's hardware as if it were a barbie house:
She hit our static control plant:
She took out Big Lots and Tractor Supply:
Even 100 year old trees or older could not match her power:
Homes were lost.  
Lives were lost.
But the spirit of a community can not be taken.  
Sanford will take care of it's neighborhoods. 
We will take care of our residents and businesses.
But if you can spare some prayers we sure could use them about now.
And to think a mere storm can turn into something this deadly and powerful.
Remember a tornado happens so fast and you don't have much time to take careful when there are storms.  Be aware.

We were moving my sister yesterday. We had the trailer packed and were heading north on US 1 when the warning came out.  We had no where to go so we headed for the closest overpass and we stayed there in fear for about an hour.  I can say we were truly blessed and lucky.  We had been wondering if we should put a tarp on that trailer in case it started raining again.  But we said no - what the heck lets just go.
Had we taken the time to put that tarp on we would have been hit.  The tornado crossed right where we were exactly 10 minutes after we left the spot.
God was watching my family and friends. 
My children were scared to death, cold, muddy but safe.

It was a terrible day - but then mother nature decided to give us some sunshine.  
I don't get that.  
I guess it is her way of saying it is over - all is not lost.
Now we need to take care of our town.


  1. Oh my gosh, how scary! Glad to hear you're ok!!! My brother lives in Denver, NC but I believe they were ok. But you really got hit hard where you are!!!! Stay safe.

  2. I am lifting you and your community up in prayer.


  3. Tammy,

    I'm thankful that you and your family are okay. I'm speechless. How heartbreaking! I keep scrolling up to look at the pictures. I'm very sorry for the loss and your community. I will definitely keep you all in prayer.
    Big Hugs to you all!

  4. i will keep you and the community in my prayers. we missed being in the one at bellemont az last oct. thru some strange events im very grateful.

  5. I am soooo glad you are all ok. How scary. I sometimes wonder how inconveniences or last minute decisions effect my future. It's not very often you find out and know just how lucky you are.

  6. Tammy, so sorry for your town but glad you all are ok. How scary that must have been. Tornadoes are nothing to mess with!

  7. oh, that is the scariest thing I have ever seen, so glad you and your family are ok!!!

  8. Oh wow Tammy - I'm so glad you and your family were safe, that looks so scary!!!

  9. Sending prayers to you and your community. We had an F4 rip through our community a few years back and the devastation in unbelievable.

  10. Glad you are safe - that must have been so frightening. We're praying for all those affected....


  11. Oh my goodness Tammy!!! How awful!! I'm glad you and your family are safe!

  12. My prayers are with everyone affected by these storms.

  13. Oh Tammy...I am sooooo happy you and your family are safe!
    Sending prayers your way!

  14. Oh my goodness, that is just terrible; you are so lucky you are safe! How scary and devistating; where do you even begin? We had a tornado hit a small town just 15 miles from here a couple weeks ago.

    Take care and you have my thoughts and prayers.


  15. I'm glad you and your family are safe, so scary! I'll be praying for your community

  16. Tammy so glad you and your family are ok. Prayers for your community. I can't believe the damage in these pictures to those major retailers. Such huge buildings. I can only imagine how many were hurt or worse. God bless.

  17. So sorry to hear it was your town that was hit hard during the tornados that hit the carolinas!!! Glad to hear your family is safe and sound and prayers being said!!

  18. Dear Tammy, so glad to know that you and your family are safe and well. Tornadoes really are scary because you just never know where they will touch down or for how long. Thinking of you and wishing you all the best, lifting all in prayer. Blessings, Tammy