Saturday, April 08, 2006
The dark side of spring
Yesterday morning on my way out to work I snapped this picture of our Japanese weeping cherry tree, which is beginning to come out in bloom.
But in the early afternoon a powerful storm system came through our area, spawning several killer tornadoes. I came home early and thankfully found our neighborhood intact.
with a bit of fog still lingering
and a lot of hail remaining on our deck.
One of the tulips growing on the bank behind our house got beaten down by the hail,
and the little stream behind the house became a temporary torment.
Hail is quite interesting up close.
We needed a few things from the store this morning, so I took my camera along as I drove through Goodlettsville to see what damage had been done. First I drove by the 31W Liquor store and noticed that they had lost part of their sign.
A house across the street lost a large tree and had lots of debris in their front yard
I could see more damage farther down into Goodlettsville.
The Autozone received a direct hit
as did the Foodland grocery store
A small commercial building across the street was completely flattened
and Dollar General got hit hard
No bargain hunting at K-Mart today
Police had Long Hollow Pike blocked
and at Kroger I saw a car that had obviously been damaged by the storm
with all the windows on the driver's side blown out
An ornamental tree in the median in front of Kroger had fallen victim
as had the KFC across Long Hollow Pike
But the worst was yet to come. A large church just off I-65 received a direct hit.
News reports said there were 40 children inside at the time, but miraculously no one was injured.
It had to be a frightening experience.
After tearing up Goodlettsville, the tornado continued on to Hendersonville and Gallatin, where it ravaged the home of country music singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys
Several brave souls snapped pictures of the funnel cloud in Gallatin.
which was responsible for the deaths of eleven people