As of this writing, the East Coast of the U.S. is still there. By the time you read this in the morning, who knows.
At least that’s what the weather stations would have us believe.
For days now, we’ve been watching the impending monster, or “Frankenstorm” make its way to the Northeast. Friends have been posting on social media with increasing hysteria.
Not to minimize the fears in any way, but if people have prepared as much as possible and evacuated areas in which it was recommended, they’ve done the best they can.
Still, I know the worry and anxiety that builds during such an event.
As lifelong Midwesterners, we’ve been through many a tornado warning. Sometimes we have several hours to watch super cells twist our way, most of the time, however, it is only minutes.
I've had the occasion to see and cover tornado ravaged towns such as Tonganoxie, Kansas; Cotter, Arkansas and Joplin, Missouri.
The worst disaster we’ve seen here in the Ozark Mountains since moving here was the monster ice storm in 2009, which ultimately left millions without power across the Midwest and southeast.
We did prepare for the storm, getting in extra groceries, batteries, candles and wood for the stove. But we also had never been through an ice storm in such a rural area.
I remember telling our neighbor that you would think the apocalypse was bearing down on us, given the dire predictions we were hearing the day before the storm.
That night, we realized what a destructive ice storm was all about as we laid in bed and listened to trees crack and fall all night long.
It sounded as though we were in a war zone with gun fire and we truly didn't know how many trees would be left standing the next morning.
The next day and for ten days afterward, we were without power. The landscape was never the same.
Nature can be a powerful force and we can only hope that all of our neighbors to our east have heeded the warnings and prepared as best they could.
The landscape will never be the same, as it never is, but as long as people remain safe, that is the important thing.
What is the worst natural disaster that you've encountered?