Mrs. Christian of West Lafayette called the Newcomerstown News office to report her son, Richard E. Christian, of northern Alabama, is doing all right after tornadoes devastated the region the last week of April.
It was described as the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Katrina when the "Tornadoes of 2011" ripped through parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Entire towns have been wiped off the map. Hundreds are dead, thousands have been seriously injured and there are many more that are classified simply as "missing."
Mrs. Christian said her son lives 25 miles from Huntsville in northern Alabama. He, reportedly, doesn't have any electricity, no telephone service but used a friend's cell phone to call his son in Ohio who called Mrs. Christian. He lives in a brick house that did not sustain any damage, thankfully.
He was loaned a small generator to keep his food cold.
The F5 tornado that ripped through the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area was reportedly so monstrous that it is still kind of difficult to believe it was actually real. It had winds that exceeded 260 miles an hour.
According to National Geographic, this monstrous tornado may have traveled a whopping 300 miles across Alabama and Georgia.
To donate to the victims of the southern states' tornadoes, visit. www.redcross.org.