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Sorry about that.  The tornado was about 5 miles away, in Leesburg.  The dog and cats were all freaked out, we kept having brief power spurts, and since I don't have a surge protector, I didn't chance going back online and getting my computer fried.  I have internet access here at the hotel, so I thought I'd catch up...

I did see some tornado damage along I-95 in North Carolina.  It was pretty severe in places, and caused back-ups for at least 10 miles in one spot where the debris crossed the interstate.  There was all kinds of lumber, tin from roofing, chunks of metal that looked like motors, housing insulation that was shredded on the fencing on the side of the interstate... and some trailer homes that were just smashed.  The signs at the side of the road (think Pedro and "South of the Border" if you've been on I-95 in the Carolinas) were snapped or torn or shattered, and lighting poles and trees looked more like toothpicks.  My heart just goes out to everyone who was impacted by this storm... growing up in Illinois, I've seen this kind of thing before, but not on such a large scale! 

... so we're now safe and sound in Savannah, and hopefully I'll be able to get online at my mom's.  She has dial-up internet, and I'll admit that sometimes my patience with it gets really short!  I've brought Allison's wedding quilt with me, and plan on ripping out the parts that I am not happy with and try to get them aligned again.  It's going to be a quiet visit, since Mom isn't very mobile and the point is to spend time with her, not to go sight-seeing...

And grading?  Ummm... not planning on doing much of that.  Does it count that the box of papers is currently in the trunk of my car?  Can exams be graded by osmosis?  Or must one actually take a red pen to paper?  Stay tuned for an update... *LOL*


eta:  This is where I drove through -- the major damage I talked about was right outside of Dunn, NC: www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/17/stories-survival-tornados-rip

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Comment by Annie C. Shaw on April 18, 2011 at 9:30am

What the heck is ole Ma Nature throwing a temper tantrum this early in the Spring?? - and what are you all doing to have the kind of storms we have here in Tornado Alley, anyway?? 


Seriously, though, when I saw what was happening to the east of us and watched as it thundered toward the east coast, I prayed for all my QWU friends out there.


Stay safe.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 18, 2011 at 7:26am
Oh my, so glad you made it through all of that okay as you drove to your mom's. Have a good week with your mom.
Comment by Norma, Ont /Can on April 18, 2011 at 5:15am

So sorry to hear of the destruction and loss of life in these storms.Prayers go out to everyone.

 Glad you got to your mother's safely, have a nice week with her, and enjoy your sewing.

Comment by Colleen Taylor on April 18, 2011 at 3:52am

Glad you are safe.  I missed the news this weekend about storms and such but my niece mentioned something on facebook that confused me; she said that they (my sister and all her family) arrived safely but she prayed for the poor folks that weren't so lucky.  Now it makes sense to me.

They were all (4 car loads) headed for Fripp, NC.

Have a pieceful vacation!

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