The cities of Washington, Coal City, Diamond, Braidwood, Manhattan, Wilmington, Frankfort, Tinley Park, and so many other places from Washington upwards heading Northeast, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and heavy, damaging winds have ripped through this past Sunday afternoon (11-17-13). This severe weather crossed through all the way to Indiana.
The overall areas are quite damaged, and there were even places way down south near Kentuncky that were effected. 6 official deaths so far, (4 in southern Illinois) many injured, and even more without power and their homes. For anyone who lives in these areas, and/or has family near or in them, (or even if not) please keep them in your prayers.
One of the reasons I feel this situation applies to even me, is that besides these areas not being that far from where I live...the fact is, on our way home from church today, in Morris, IL, we basically drove through the areas of Coal City, Diamond, and Wilmington, and had we been maybe 10-15 minutes slower, we might have been part of this destruction...maybe dead.
Since Ciara would be basically home on her own with the dogs, after her mother would leave (I didn't know if she would have left for work yet) I chose to stay with her in case...and in that time, the sirens were going off in Peotone, and right around 1:00 p.m., the sheets of rain and heavy wind, even started to curl and swirl, so much, we almost headed to the basement.
To some, it might not seem like that big a deal, but to me, I feel my family and Ciara's came way too close to such bad weather today. Surely the Lord was looking out for us...but I do hope He spared others as well.