From Djarum in Alabama in the midst of disaster

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BBW, May 1, 2011.

  1. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Many know of the terrible weather related disasters (tornadoes) in Alabama, Georgia and in other areas of the in the USA.

    I was pretty sure Djarum was from Alabama and noticed he wasn't online..which was unusual. Thank goodness I finally heard back from him today. He and his family are safe. He has asked that this be posted here, as it was on Serious Compacts. I know he would have addressed it to everyone here as Dear Mu-43 family, but I'm copying and pasting from SC.

    In trying to help Jason and his community, here is a link to the Alabama Red Cross by counties: Alabama Red Cross

    I have no doubt that Jason will find his way here when he can and that he is a huge help to his own community.
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
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  3. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Thanks, BB. Stay safe DJ, hope to hear from you again soon.
  4. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Be safe DJ.

    You are in our thoughts...

    Alan Roseman
  5. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Real Name:
    Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. Power has retuned 2 some parts and normal day 2 day activities are starting for some, others have had homes destroyed and family and friends lost. It may take months or years for these folks to pick up the pieces. I ask for those that can to help where they can.

    Thank you for posting links to help with aid.
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  6. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Real Name:

    We finally have power. Its been alot of work the last 6 or 7 hours cleaning fridges, freezers, throwing away garbage and doing laundry. I finally cut on the computer.

    A good reference for all the tornados hitting our area is here:

    List of tornadoes in the April 25.

    On April 27, 2 tornadoes were very close to my home. The first one close to my area, was an earlier tornado was an EF4-EF5 that started in Hackleburg, AL. It eventually ended up crossing several counties, destroying homes and lives and hit Harvest, AL. Harvest proper is about 5 miles from my home. This tornado took out TVA power from Browns Ferry Nuclear power going into Madison and several surrounding counties. It also took out a vital Doppler radar near athens, AL. More information on this specific tornado can be found here:

    Franklin/Lawrence/Limestone/Madison Co. Tornado Update - WAFF Weather

    The second tornado which is mentioned in the first link as "Tornado on the ground at U.S. Highway 72 and Slaughter Road" is reported at 2206 UTC time, which is 5:06pm CDT. I was in my apartment at this time . The power had not gone out yet. At about 5pm the sirens went off and I continued to listen to the television. I walked outside and was seeing updraft to the north and west of me. (I know what this is because I watch storm chasers with my girlfriend, lol). This updraft was rather freaky because the system was moving NE, but the wind on the ground and low clouds were moving quickly to the west. As soon as I ran back into my apartment the wind picked up to 65-70mph with rain going horizontal. The trees outside were bendinging pretty bad. This only lasted for a few minutes. This tornado missed my apartment by less than a half mile.

    So far, this tornado has not been given a classification. Looking at the debris, it will probably be listed as an EF-0. Trees were uprooted, twisted, and snapped. Shingles were off roofs. The only serious damage was a few homes with trees which had fallen into the homes.

    I have finally seen some of the pictures from the air and the ground from the Harvest area. I am familiar with the area and these were well built nice homes that were demolished. Tuscaloosa got hit pretty hard, Cardova which is just north of my girlfriends parents got hit hard, Cullman and Arab just south of Huntsville also got hit hard. Lots of places are wiped off the map.

    I hope to have pictures up by tommorow of some of the damage we saw and some pictures of trying to bring our own small apartment community together.
  7. Alf

    Alf Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 23, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Happy to hear from you. Our thoughts to everyone affected.