Safe Embrace : Moore Tornado : Oklahoma

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Its 2AM ……….. I am just about to start sleeping in the car……. In an open car park at a service area on the I40 just outside Oklahoma City ….. I didn’t try very hard to get a motel ……… I feel like anyone who has lost their home in this terrible twister deserves a bed more than I do ……… and anyway as soon as it is light I will be shooting ………… So I can sleep in the car easily enough …. and because this day has been just so terrible for so very many people I don’t feel like complaining about my lot ……… I am listening to a mix of local news and to the BBC world service ….. right now 91 people are confirmed dead after the terrible F5 tornado strike …………. including a large number of young children who died when their school was destroyed ………. so sad …….. so absolutely terrible ……. Horrific for the families that have lost their children………. I just cannot bear to think of it……………

Sleeping in the car is not really the safest thing to do if there are tornadoes ……… I am sleeping a few hundred yards from where the land has been scarred the buildings and vehicles destroyed the trees shredded and flattened ……… Im thinking there cannot be more twisters surely? But then as I was walking to the cafe across the open tarmac……… the sky appears to be almost purple as it is lit up by streaking lightening………… there is still no rain ……. but the sky feels to still be full of a heavy brooding power ……………

Scores of huge earth moving vehicles are arriving here………. this is obviously a staging post for recovery folks and their equipment ………. as well as the odd scruffy photographer sleeping in his clothes.

Cheers Jez XXX

Next day :

I wrote this above the night of the Tornado……… but it weirdly did not post ………. So luckily the official death toll was significantly downgraded overnight…………… it now stands at 24 …….. Terrible obviously but not as bad as was first thought and being reported ……………. The folks in the photo above were back to see what they could salvage from their destroyed family home the next day ………. Thankfully all of their family survived ……… Amazingly even all of their cats and dogs ……….. so they felt lucky even though the house and all the contents were completely destroyed.

Cheers Jez XXXXX

[ 2 ] comments
Tragic.. It must be so difficult for the people to accept,even though you know about the chances of these things happening… Hope all is
good Bro,and that the community can rise again…
PaulS @ May 22, 2013, 3:25 pm
Those Oklahoma types sare pretty resiliant …… amazingly resiliant …….. the main thing you always hear is : ” It is what it is” …….
ie…. this has happened so we move forward from here…… they are already rebuilding……… I was joking with some……. “So u rekon
it’ll be fixed up by next weekend? ” …… truth is they have months and years of struggle to rebuild ahead and they know it…… and
yet they move on with an incredible stoic …… can do capacity……… it is very impressive and kind of humbling ….. people were
constantly offering me drinks and the bits of food that they had …… even though clearly they are the ones who should be recieving
the donations not me …… and they definetly all come together to help out and support each other…….. apart from the terrible loss of
life and injuries that cannot be fixed or recovered from ……. I think they will rebuild and be the strong community they were and are
even now……..
Cheers bro Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Jezblog Mississippi :))
XXX @ May 23, 2013, 1:37 am

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