I’ve talked about my Beloved Sister too many times to count here. Molly lives in the Joplin, MO, area which was devastated by a massive EF4 tornado last night, but she’s fine. Everyone I personally know in Joplin — including George, the owner of Mythos (which I’ve also raved about several times!), and our favorite waiter, Damon — are also okay. I don’t know about their homes but we’ve connected with them on Facebook.
We didn’t even know about the storm until my Dad called and said Joplin had been hit, but he’d already talked to Molly and she was okay. He warned us to get home as quickly as possible because the storm was headed right for us. We hit Walgreens quickly and before we could get home, the tornado sirens started.
If I’d known at the time how bad Joplin had been hit, I might have been even more worried. The kids and dogs hung out in the basement while we tracked the storm on the news. I saw the storm passing a good ten miles south of us, so I wasn’t too worried.
Then the pictures from Joplin started coming in….
Sobs. It’s so hard to realize that we were just there Saturday. We drove down Rangeline Road and passed that Wal-Mart that is now just a pile of rubble. As far as I know, Mythos is still there, but the other side of Rangeline is a tangled mass of trashed cars and destroyed buildings. Rangeline, a major commercial road, is completely impassible.
I’m just so thankful that everyone we know and love are safe, but it’s going to take a long, long time for the area to recover. Molly’s office building is completely gone. The major hospital in Joplin, evacuated. The high school, gone. Over 2000 buildings damaged or completely destroyed. If you’d like to help, this local website has details.
Please keep Joplin in your thoughts and prayers!