Got to be happy today...
Feeling very lucky.
tornadoes touched down in North Carolina yesterday, 26
of them in the Raleigh area.
About 22 people died in North Carolina (several in the Raleigh area) and probably double that across the six states the storm passed through.
A lot of damage caused, including a DIY superstore south of Raleigh just torn down. There was hail the size of golf balls. The tornadoes are unbelievable - they travel for miles at about 50 miles an hour with winds up to 160mph, but where one house is gone, the neighbour can be almost undamaged. The biggest one that destroyed the DIY store was reported to be 3 miles wide and travelled for 63 miles... this one stopped being grounded 10 miles before it passed over us. That's how lucky we were.
A lot of people lost everything. It isn't quite the Japanese tsunami, but it makes building my layout seem a bit trivial. I'm waiting to hear if they need me as a volunteer to help clear up.
The DIY superstore:
Ordinary houses badly damaged and 80ft pine trees snapped in half
A map of the tornadoes. We are in Wake County where a lot of the red dots are: