Oklahoma City Tornadoes Abounding

May 24, 2011Katie

This is a shot our daughter Lyndsay took from her cell phone in the past hour…there are tornadoes swirling everywhere.

Please keep us in your prayers.  So far, our family is safe and sound!

**Added notes:  One daughter was stuck at the mall (working) and was only getting updates by us by text and phone and a security guard periodically.  For the first time ever, I pulled a mattress off a bed and had it over our wetbar/laundry room area.  I brought in everything I could from our yard like our smoker, pots, chair cushions, etc. to try to save them from the driving wind that hit.

Right now, there is a story on the news of a mom and 3 children who took shelter in a bathtub.  One child is missing and 2 were taken by chopper for medical attention.  The Mom is in bad shape.  My heart goes out to them and their loved ones.

Devastation is all around.  I am so thankful that we and our loved ones are safe.  Thanking God right now.



  • Michal

    May 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Dear Katie. I'm typing this from Poland, which may be a little strange since the matter doesn't concern me directly, but I have a good friend living in Oklahoma, so I was watching your weather forecasts real close today. The moment I saw half of the state light up in red like a Christmas tree and go from "watch" to "warning" was pretty intense, especially since I couldn't contact my friend in any way. Long story short: I'm not a religious man, but I had my share of "dear God!" and "lord almighty" today. Will last for a lifetime as far as I'm concerned, the whole thing was both scary and depressing at the same time. I've stumbled upon your website while looking for any scraps of information that I could find, so I'm not a longtime reader, but still I want you to know that there are people everywhere that are with you. I know that most of you are probably used to tornadoes by now, but if I'm to believe the American news outlets, this is like the worst situation that has happened to you guys in many years and the injured/dead toll is raising somewhat dramatically. Hope it'll stop. I also hope that you, your family, friends and any people who you care for will be able to withstand all of it. PS. My friend managed to let me know that he's alive in the last thirty minutes, so I'm glad. But I also know that two people have lost their lives in El Reno recently, so I can't really force a smile on my face, no matter how hard I try. Please stay safe!
    1. dishinanddishes

      May 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      Michal Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, we've all been watching all days, eyes glued to the weather guys. Thank goodness for our great weather teams here -they're the best and they keep us informed. We know when things will hit cross streets by the minute! SO glad your friend is ok. Oklahoma is a survivor state...people are already pulling together. Thanks again!
  • Stacy

    May 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I have been following the news with interest since I have several friends in OK. My prayers are with you all tonight as are those of many on Facebook (I was amazed!) and elsewhere. God bless and keep you all safe.
    1. dishinanddishes

      May 25, 2011 at 6:55 am

      thank you Stacy!
  • Kerry (Unger) Hastings

    May 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Hello Katie, You are all in my prayers....take care and hunker down! It has been a very wet spring here but nothing like what is going on in the South. Take care and God Bless!! Kerry p.s. great seeing the pics of your mom and dad!
  • Baloney

    May 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I'm so glad you guys are okay! Didn't get too exciting here (no close calls, just sirens). The malls are usually pretty safe. They have some very protected areas. I'm sure that doesn't comfort you, but thought I would let you know. I've been in the storm shelter part of our mall and thought it was safer than most homes.

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