Wednesday, May 14, 2008

tornado #2 -- no-show for neosho

hey guys-
just wanted to let you know that the tornado warnings and watches and severe weather reports all turned out to be not applicable with regard to the county my team is in right now.

As some of you may already be aware, the city of Neosho, in Newton county, Missouri, was hit by an F-4 tornado on Saturday and devastated a couple hundred homeonwers, including many uninsured occupants of modular homes. The death toll for Newton county alone is at 15, including a local firefighter. Yesterday, while we had teams in the field trying to tarp as many roofs as possible before a second band of storms swept through town, we were also keeping tabs on some severe weather forecasts calling for baseball sized hail, thunderstorms, and winds upwards of 70 miles per hour. When it came time for the storms to hit, though, they just sort of magically broke up and migrated to other places on either side of Newton county's lines. The larger band of storms turned south at the last minute and hit Arkansas, and the smaller, second storm cells broke up and scattered across the counties to the north of us.

So thanks for all your prayers, because, apparently, they worked!!

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