My family (parents, older sister with her husband and two children, and younger sister with her toddler) are all physically fine and I can't even begin to describe how good that makes me feel. Also, their home and business came out intact as well. Not so good for others I care about. My mother's best friend, a woman who I call Other Mother (our families are really, really close) most of the time, because she's a huge part of my life, lost her house. She had just made it to her home and ran downstairs and the roof was literally falling in behind her. I can't even begin to describe how glad I am that she is safe and how close it was. It took so long to reach anyone after I found out and I was terrified. I finally reached my father who only had a minute or so to speak, but to be able to speak to someone helped a lot.
Right now my older sister is sitting in her home and can't leave because of a gas leak in the area. Plus her power is out like so much of the town. My younger sister is still working, because the bar/restaurant is one of the few places in town still open.
I'll be driving up in a few hours (early morning) to hopefully help out where I can...and I kind of just want to see everyone.
I'm trying to keep it together, but I don't think I can stop shaking...I haven't since I logged onto Facebook and read all the posts. I didn't even know I cared that much about my hometown, but around five pm a tornado ran through it causing so much destruction. No one is dead (at least in my actual hometown), but there are injuries and so much damage. I keep looking at pictures and it's overwhelming to see it all. It's a town of only about 4300, but estimates show there was at least 2000 extras in town, because it was an all class reunion starting this weekend. I was so glad to get out of a small, backwards town years ago, but now to realize that my high school is a mess, half the community center is torn away, and houses are completely demolished leaves me quite emotional. I keep looking and pictures and trying to figure out where it is at and then realize whole pieces are missing is why I can't figure it out at first. It's all just...stuff...and not an actual person in pieces, but it's still so overwhelming to see parts of my life...just gone or wrecked so badly.