At this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when every day is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved.Nina Simone
I want to offer appreciation to local news journalists who are keeping us informed about what is going on in our backyards during these days of Coronavirus and now tornadoes and severe weather. Everywhere there is local information that needs to be reported. The news in your area matters and can impact your life in a profound way. These reporters really do deserve our thanks.
Easter Sunday was a rough day for many in the southern USA. Severe weather including tornadoes and thunderstorms impacted millions including my hometown of Chattanooga and surrounding area. Tornadoes hit in a residential area near our largest shopping mall. Not only do we have to deal with Coronavirus now people are having to deal with the devastating aftermath of these storms. Me and mine are OK but some friends are not. It’s going to be a tough few days for them.
After a lot of gloomy weather lately the Sun is shining on us today. Maybe it will stick around.
The science linking the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather to the climate crisis has matured tremendously in the last couple of years.
Its getting colder by the hour and by the day. Sure it’s colder in other places but we weren’t sure if Fall was going to get here. Now it feels like Winter and in some places nearby there’s snow. The weather can change quickly
I know on the calendar it’s Fall but the weather is more like Summer. So with that thought I present Richard Marx in his hit song Endless Summer Nights. Our weather here is very Summer like and it doesn’t seem to be letting up in the coming days.
I have talked about the intense rain we have had here in Chattanooga and south east Tennessee this week. Well today the effects of that constant rain were made very apparent in how much damage its caused.
This is what is left of a Subway sandwich shop after a mudslide destroyed it. There is so much water in the ground that it just gave way and leveled the building. Fortunately there were no customers inside at the time. Next to it is a popular barbecue restaurant that has been closed for the day for safety reasons.
There is lots of standing water all over the area. Friday the local school system closed out of precaution. We are tired of the rain and hope to dry out in the coming days.