This time a year ago, i was unsure of what to expect, meteorologists had been talking all week about possible tornadoes in Central Alabama.
They mentioned that they could be life-threatening, so I was preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.
That afternoon, the skies were covered in clouds that you would only see in a horror movie. I grabbed the dogs, my brother, and his girlfriend, and we sprinted to the hall bathroom.
My dad wasn’t home, he was eating at a local sports bar called “Coaches Corner” or just “Coaches” to the locals.
Just as the three of us and the dogs were able to get the bathroom door closed, the wind began to pick up, throwing things around outside.
It was at this time, that I was sure that the tornado would hit our house, so I did what any Christian would do, I closed my eyes and began to pray.
I prayed to God for about five minutes, I prayed for my hometown, my family, co-workers, and friends. But most of all I prayed that He would keep us all safe and unharmed.
After five minutes of praying, I opened my eyes, and everything was eerily silent and still.
The maximum wind speed just five minutes earlier was 135 miles-per-hour, the damage path length, 18.18 miles.
One historic church in the heart of downtown was, for the most part, completely destroyed.
Another church just a few yards away, had it’s steeple swallowed in the wind, the senior center was demolished, and so much more was destroyed, including homes.
But by the Grace of God, nobody was killed and only four people were injured.
Be thankful for what you have and the history that your hometown has. It can all be changed in just five minutes.
Picture: First Presbyterian Church of Wetumpka built back in 1836.
Picture: God appears in the clouds above First Presbyterian as people pray. This was one of very few things left of this historic church.