They found Teena up against a phone pole... Piper, hurt but alive, over a hundred yards away. It didn't look to me- if I learned nothing else- that Denning was a town that had a lot of options as far as shelter.
How do you begin to cover such a topic? Coming into tonight, there were so far this year 20 counties with 5 or more deaths in a single day. 38.6% of tornado deaths since 2008 happened Sunday in Joplin, Missouri. The tornado death toll of 2008-2010 was more than doubled on April 27th alone. 504 Teenas so far this year. Several dozen Dennings and Joplins. Countless hundreds of Pipers.
How many Dennings until we get a Maples, or Zulu? How many Joplins until we have a Huntington? Is the next Birmingham Fort Wayne? On the 16th of April, the plant our company operates in Sanford NC was missed by less than a half a mile. It's getting too close, too personal, even at this distance. One look at Piper Evans, orphan, tells me that.