With wicked weather still looming in parts of Michigan severe weather has many looking to the dark skies and praying for relief.
The horrible images of the damage left by the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado on May 20, are still fresh in the minds of many and the current threat of more tornadoes in the Metro area of Oklahoma has officials urging residents to take cover. Michigan is added to the list of regions in line for severe weather.
Much of Moore, Oklahoma is in the threat if an active tornado right now with OKC airport without power, much of the downtown area under water and at the moment three deaths have been confirmed with one of them being an infant. The tornado that ripped through the area Tuesday killed 24 people and left thousands homeless.
Much of Southeastern Michigan looks like a path of war torn devastation after at least six tornadoes touched down in the region leaving destruction that has left many homeless and in a state of desperate need.
D. Williams of Detroit knew the cells weren’t confirmed for the Metro area but says that didn’t stop the worrying. “It was really scary, I mean we didn’t get the whole tornado thing but we lost power and the tree from across the street fell across our driveway, I just sat the kids on the floor and waited for the storm to pass.”
According to the National Weather Service the six tornadoes, including a twister that reached 130 mph, touched down on Tuesday and ranged from an EF-0 to EF-2 with an EF-5 being the greater. The strength of the storms forced the shut down of several schools, destroyed businesses and ripped homes to splinters in the Flint, Goodrich and Beecher areas on Wednesday.
No serious injuries were reported in the wake of the tornadoes but Genesee and Shiawassee counties were also among the hardest areas hit by the storms. With the threat of more damaging weather on radar, nerves are at an all time high and the need for help is everywhere.
It’s a true blessing that no lives were lost but the photos from the storms are still hard to look at with homes reduced to plywood, toys littering the ground and areas where businesses long stood left bare as evidence of how much fury these storms pack.
According to myfoxdetroit.com, Meteorologist Steve Freitag of the weather service’s office in Oakland County’s White Township said Wednesday that crews are asses the tornadoes strength that could have come from a single cell. (See photos here)
A spokesperson for Consumers Energy says roughly 12 thousand customers were left without power on Wednesday and 6 thousand are in the Southern part of Genesee County.
An F5 tornado hit the Flint and Beecher area back in 1953 leveling the area and killing 116 people including a five month old baby and injured over 800 people. Since 1882 confirmed tornadoes have killed 343 people in Michigan.
The cost of the Flint-Beecher tornado was $19 million back then. No damage costs have been estimated for Tuesday’s storms but clean up efforts are underway.
No one has all the answers when catatostrophic horrors like these happen. Many look to blame God and question how something so dreadful could happen under the protection of the all mighty. The true factor is that these types of things happen to great people all the time. It simply isn’t a place to blame God for disasters. Church leaders are always overwhelmed when people rush for answers as to why God would allow death and destruction to so many.
Personal aid is always the focus when situations like these occur but one should also understand that the mental capability to understand these things may not always be there.
When natural disasters happen, many look to God when life is lost and wonder why God would allow this catastrophe to happen. One thing is sure God is always present when these disasters happen and always in cases like these the news of miracles happening and people surviving incredible odds are plenty. Floods of helping hands rush quickly to the aid of those suffering. News of concerts and benefits, people giving money, government agencies coming to the rescue are the common denominator when livelihood has to be restored now!
God certainly doesn’t sit idly by and allow suffering but living in a broken world brings natural disasters that everyone has to live with but the peace is knowing God IS in control.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18