Wednesday, February 6, 2008

After the storm...


My photos today are courtesy of my sweet husband. I had to work a long day today, and he had access to some areas that had sustained damage but were closed off to the general public, and he took photos for all of us to see. The sign above somehow made me think that Mother Nature has a bit of a wry, if not ironic, sense of humor.



The photos just above show an industrial area, and a closeup and wide view of the Hickory Ridge Mall in Memphis, which was struck by the tornado last night. That is what is left of the Sears building, which is one of the anchor stores for the mall. This mall is where DH and I met 26 years ago (I worked for him...long story... :) , so even though we don't visit there often, it is a special place for us.

One thing that we've noticed about natural disaster damage photos is that they never seem to show the true scale and impact of some of the damage. There is just something about seeing it in person that takes your breath away. My son said the same thing about the devastation in the New Orleans area. I have all of the photos in an album...if you wish to see any additional photos you can see them here

There is a lot of damage around town, and also in the Jackson, TN area, and this was definitely one of the most active storm systems I've seen in my lifetime of living here. We are blessed to have gotten through it personally unscathed, and our hearts and prayers go out to all who were directly affected by the storms.

12 comments:

Pat said...

I am so very, very sorry about your horrendous storms. What a catastrophe. I was praying long and hard--into the night.

My sympathy!

Pat

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brian said...

Glad to see you and your family made it through ok, and prayers go out to all the others in the area. The damage in the photos looks pretty bad - i do really like the $10 Off sign. You'd think with that kind of damage that they could take a little more off....

oldmanlincoln said...

Tennessee suffered a lot of damage and deaths. The photos show a lot of it and are good shots. I agree that it is so different to stand amid the damage. The camera is selective and leaves a lot to our imagination.

smilnsigh said...

I am soooooooo happy that you got through with no damage or injury!!!

Yes, my heart goes out to all, who were hit by this awful storm system. -sigh-

Mari-Nanci

Joy said...

Oh my. There's a lot of rebuilding that needs to happen. I hope not no one was hurt.

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kunal bhatia said...

i hope not too much property was destroyed and no human lives lost. good luck with the post-disaster operations.. take care
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zentmrs said...

Wow! That looks pretty devastating. So glad you are safe!

PAT said...

Even though I grew up in an area of the country where we frequently see tornadoes and I've been through one or two small ones, here in Missouri and one large one in Texas in 1953, photos like these never cease to amaze me. And you are very right, photos capture only a part of the devastation. It's very difficult to capture the "feel" of these horrible storms.

Your husband did a wonderful job with these photos.
Pat

Annie said...

That's close enough for me, seeing it in your photos. I don't really want to see how bad it is. Living in some denial keeps the horror at bay.

Rambling Round said...

Your husband did a good job getting those photos. So sorry that lives were lost.

Dusty Lens said...

I am saddened to hear about all those terrible storms hitting your area. Thought sna prayers to those caught in it. Glad you are fine.

CrazyCow said...

Ouch! This is devastating. Sorry to hear your area is hurt by this. Also very pleased you are ok.