Work in Progress

Four months after a devastating tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma, the recovery process continues.

Satellite images show the scale of the damage caused by the massive EF5 tornado that was on the ground for nearly 40 minutes and traveled a distance of 17 miles. EF5 is the highest rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. At its widest, the May 20th tornado was 1.3 miles across.

Shannan Rhodes, a bricklayer who owns a mason company with his father, has worked in the aftermath of both the May 3, 1999 Moore tornado and the May 20, 2013 tornado.

Rhodes has over 25 years experience in the construction industry, and he estimates that recovery from the May 20th  tornado in Moore will take another year and a half or two years. He points out that cleanup is still ongoing, and there is much that still needs to be done.

Rhodes observes, “All the cameras are turned off now, four months later and it’s something we should all not forget. We should not forget those people, and help them any way we can because they’re still needing help, even four months later.”

This is a video I did for one of my classes:

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Under the Weather

My doctor has moved to Dallas, and because he is one of only 3 specialists in the U.S. who treats the particular hip disorder I have, there is no choice but to drive from Oklahoma to Texas every few weeks to continue treatment. The drive last week was under cloudy skies and through heavy rain, giving me something to do besides think about how painful it was to sit all those hours on the road.

Winter Waves

On our way to an appointment in town, rain turned to ice and the sky filled with wavy clouds

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Rain drops - no problem!

Rain drops – no problem!

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Suddenly raindrops on the windshield began freezing

Suddenly raindrops on the windshield began freezing

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Raindrops became ice drops

Raindrops became ice drops

The air became thick with falling ice

The air became thick with falling ice

As the National Weather Center loomed ahead, the road we were on suddenly became extremely slippery

As the National Weather Center loomed ahead, the road we were on suddenly became extremely slippery

Sadly, there were numerous other people who fell prey to the slick roads

Sadly, there were numerous other people who fell prey to the slick roads

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Fortunately, our appointment took an hour and a half, and the (mini) ice storm dissipated

Fortunately, our appointment took an hour and a half, and the (mini) ice storm dissipated

Andrews Park, across from the library, which was our post-appointment destination.

Andrews Park, across from the library, which was our post-appointment destination.

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I think I prefer winter waves to heat waves 🙂