Tornado's devastate the South

Unless you've been living under a rock the past few days (and in all seriousness, that might have been one of the safer places to be!) then you are aware of the devastation that has hit the Southern states over the past couple of days. Yesterday alone, there were more than 100 reported tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

In my neck of the woods, we got lucky this time. There were tornadoes in the county directly to my West and North. One of the hardest hit areas in Georgia was Ringgold in Catoosa County. Current counts put 13 dead here.

But nothing comes close to the devastation in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, AL. If you haven't seen it yet, here is some AMAZING video shot by an amateur videographer. At about 2:39 in to the film, he rolls down the windows of his truck and you can hear the roar. At about 4 minutes in, you can see the debris field as it closes in on a shopping center.

How can you help? The Salvation Army has set up an easy way to give. Just text GIVE to 80888. $10 will be added to your cell phone bill. 100% of the donations will go directly to providing meals, clothes and shelter for the tornado victims.

Closer to home, here is amateur video of the tornado that hit Ringgold, GA. This one hit about 8:30 last night, just as the sun was setting. The tornados that hit during the evening/night hours are so much scarier to me because you can't see them coming until it's too late.

And they aren't done yet. The storms have moved up to South Carolina and further up the coast. Keep everyone in your thoughts.