[CS-FSLUG] Missed by a few miles

Ed Hurst ehurst at soulkiln.org
Mon May 10 20:05:43 CDT 2010

For those of you who are aware of tornadoes passing through Oklahoma  
today, the nearest was a good three miles away from me. We are fine, but  
several swathes of the state have been shredded. No major urban areas were  
hit -- yet -- but several really nice rural housing additions were  
obliterated. The path crossed nearest us at a truck stop on Interstate 40  
at Choctaw Road. The Love's on the north side is roofless, there are cars  
rolled and crushed. (For Google Earth or Maps, that's SE 59th and Choctaw  
Road, SE OKC.) On the south side of that same intersection, a couple of  
U-Haul trucks were tossed into the trees, and I understand a  
tractor-trailer rig received similar treatment. We are still hearing fresh  
reports on the local news channels as emergency response crews are  
mobilized across the state.

This isn't the first time I noticed utility companies do things backwards  
everywhere I've been. In around Salem, Oregon, they buried the electric  
lines, which are often broken in minor earthquakes. They never have  
serious storms, of course, so the law prohibits suspended wires. Here,  
they just started burying the lines where we almost never have  
earthquakes, but frequent outages from storms.

At any rate, you might wish to pray for folks who lost pretty much  
everything. Most of them are saying it's just stuff, and they are glad to  
be alive. Still, lots of folks are now suddenly homeless, and a few are  

Ed Hurst
Associate Editor, Open for Business: http://ofb.biz/
Applied Bible - http://soulkiln.org/
Kiln of the Soul - http://soulkiln.blogspot.com/

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