A tornado was spotted 27 April 2011, Wednesday afternoon from the university campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Winds with hurricane force up to 300 miles an hour, a 4-mile path of destruction up to half a mile wide were caught on camera. Over 300 people were reportedly killed as a result of the outbreak. However, the exact number is unknown as search and rescue efforts continue, and consequently, various sources differ on the exact count. These are just numbers. The emotion of the story lives in the destruction. Dramatic videos have surfaced throughout the internet of the tornado on the campus.
27 April was the deadliest tornado day in the United States since the 1932 Deep South tornado outbreak of March 1932, and the deadliest tornado day since modern tornado forecasting began in the 1950s. Over 300 tornadoes were reported over four days, including 211 in 16 states on April 27.
Most students at the University of Alabama were weary. They broke into small groups to pray together Thursday for the victims of the tornado that destroyed parts of their city of Tuscaloosa.
You must be wondering why I am writing about this particular catastrophic devastation.
I have friends who teach at the University of Alabama. Steve Miller lost his house. (You will find mention of Steve in previous posts.) Anna is fine but not untouched by this event. Emily’s husband was eventually found. These are outstanding generous creative people who are near and dear to my heart. Friends whom I am meeting during Paper & Book Intensive next week.
On 14 and 15 of May, I will have a clearance sale at my studio: over 300 used book titles (art, craft, travel, decorating, photography, pottery, cooking, gardening and more); over 600 colours of hand-dyed cotton and silks; wooden garden houses; leather scraps, sewing machines, oil and fibre art (30% off); nifty craft items and more! Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the students of the University of Alabama.
Studio address: Harcourt House Art Education Centre, 10215 – 112 Street, Edmonton. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Please tell your friends and help to support this worthy cause. Hope to see you there.