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Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Tornados in Kentucky

I don’t want to take away from the sadness and destruction of the other states. This post is to let everyone know I’m safe. Louisville, where I live, is about a hundred miles north of the Kentucky tornado destruction. A lot of the news reports are around and about the larger cities but many smaller communities suffered tornado losses too.

My two sons and the grandkids and great grandkids all live not far from that area although not in the direct path. There is widespread power outages and cell towers down in the area around the tornado path. A granddaughter posted on Facebook that everyone is safe. I don’t have facebook but my daughter does so she let me know everyone is ok. I have an aunt, an uncle, cousins, and friends who live in that area and everyone is ok too.

We had strong winds and storms and power outages in Louisville. I had one tree limb fall from a tree in the back yard but luckily it didn’t hit anything. It flew over the top of my house and landed squarely between the neighbors two parked cars without touching either one. It actually looks like the tree had been struck by lightening. I lost power for about an hour. Neighbor cut the branch all up and set out for pickup before I got a photo.

where the tree limb broke off in the storm is at the top almost center of the photo

There is so much sadness from the tornados! I can hardly watch the news these days. Not only have people lost family members but also there are people who lost their jobs, their homes, their cars…. everything. Suddenly homeless and penniless right before Christmas and winter weather. Thankfully Kentucky people are extremely close knit and helpful toward others. Shelter has been found for them. Others are staying in homes not damaged quite as much and sharing generators and grills and prepper supplies.

I also heard from Jasna (blog follower) who lives in Ireland. She is safe too after the major storms in her area last week. Ok, I’m going back to my blog break. I’ll do an update in a couple of days.

14 comments on “Tornados in Kentucky

  1. Anne Faulkenberry
    December 17, 2021

    I just found your blog but the timing is great. I am glad you are ok. We too lived in Louisville for a while when my husband attended seminary there before we became missionaries in Eastern Kentucky. I like you, can hardly watch the news. We had mission teams from Western KY that came and helped us in Eastern Kentucky. It breaks my heart. However, I know they are strong and they will get through this with God’s help. They will work together like they always do and they will help each other out. For the rest of us looking in we will get a lesson out of all this if we will just open our eyes, look, and allow ourselves to see.

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  2. craftytadpole
    December 15, 2021

    Glad to hear you and yours are safe. Take care and stay safe.

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  3. Leslie Saunders
    December 15, 2021

    Very glad to hear that you and your loved ones are safe,Anita. I’m praying daily for those hit by all this.🙏🏽

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  4. sarasinart
    December 15, 2021

    It is so good to hear that you are ok and didn’t have any property damage. All of it is so sad for so many people.

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  5. Carolyn Gilbert
    December 14, 2021

    Thankful that you and your family are safe. We have hurricanes here in northwest Fl. but at least we get a few days to prepare. Tornadoes really scare me. Blessings to you. Carolyn Gilbert

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  6. Emma
    December 14, 2021

    Anita,
    So glad to hear you and yor family are all okay. I live in Canada, on the north shore of Lake Ontario about 45 min drive from Niagara. We had high winds on Saturday afternoon into evening. No doubt vestiges of the tornado. Just those winds scared me, I can’t even begin to imagine a tornado. Sending prayers out to everyone. Emma.

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  7. Silver
    December 14, 2021

    Glad you and your family are as ok as they can be Anita. It just looks awful on the news over here, houses and businesses literally obliterated.

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  8. Linda in NE
    December 14, 2021

    I was thinking about you and if you were safe from the tornadoes. We have a niece and her kids in Clarkesville,TN and I saw a map that showed some near there but haven’t heard anything. My SIL has a sister in St. Louis, but I don’t think there were bad storms near there. We’re slated for high winds, possible strong thunderstorms & even possible tornadoes tomorrow. Definitely NOT Nebraska weather in Dec. A blizzard would be more seasonal. I’m glad you and your family are all OK.

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    • Anita
      December 15, 2021

      This December weather, 10 days before Christmas, sure isn’t normal at all. From what I saw on the local news weather the same conditions are set up again for extreme weather. You stay safe Linda.

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  9. Jackie
    December 14, 2021

    Glad all is well. Thanks for the update. My heart goes out to all the people impacted by those terrible storms. Thinking of you and your loved ones, Anita.

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  10. Linda
    December 14, 2021

    I’m so glad you and your family are safe. When I lived in Shively (1973?), a major tornado hit Louisville. My boss’s mother was killed, as were several others. I worked at Orr Safety Equipment, which was a tiny company back then (it’s huge now) and we worked in a small building with a large warehouse behind it. I was absolutely terrified.

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    • Anita
      December 14, 2021

      Hi Linda, thank you for sharing. Isn’t Orr the company that makes stuff like steel toe boots and other industrial type clothing? I can imagine how scary it was for you. I do worry about the big warehouse behind my house during storms and also the train tracks back there too.

      If I’m remembering correctly the tornado outbreak year was 1974 during April. Especially April 3rd and 4th when there was about 150 tornadoes touch down across 15 states plus Ontario Canada in a 24 hour period. At one point as many as 15 on the ground all at the same time. This was after some tornadoes on April 1 which pretty much destroyed the town of Campbellsburg a few miles northeast of Louisville.

      Like you that day terrified me. My sons and I hid in the basement of our house. The tornado outbreak was during the day and my husband was at work 20 miles away. Seeing that horrible looking sky warned us something terrible was about to happen. It was a day I don’t think I’ll ever forget or how scared I was that day.

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      • Linda
        December 14, 2021

        I remember hearing that Louisville sits in a basin-type geography and that the tornado(es) got in the basin and spun around. My boss’s mother was headed to her basement but didn’t make it. My boss was Bud Orr and I begged him to let me leave but he said we were safer there than in a car. I guess we were. When I worked there, the company sold all kinds of work clothing, boots, gloves, etc. They also had a fire suppressant system that was a gas that didn’t ruin everything like water does. I have very happy memories of working there and living in Shively. I was a newlywed and my husband was stationed at Ft Knox and we came back to Memphis when he got out of the Army.

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        • Anita
          December 15, 2021

          Yes, Louisville is in a low bowl shaped area. Sometimes that causes bad weather to skip over us and other times it traps bad weather longer than usual. I have many happy memories of those days too. Shively is no longer the close knit family style area it was back then. Most of the small acreage farms in the area are now large apartment complexes. The two dairy farms are a golf course and single family houses.

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