I am grieving for the little town of Washington, IL tonight. A town that has been a big part of my life for 17 years. A town that had a devastating storm rip through it about 15 hours ago and obliterate many homes and lives. This town has been dealt a harsh blow by Mother Nature. I am just absolutely sick over this.
The small town square of Washington holds several small antique shops. I began my antique selling career there, 17 years ago and sold out of 2 of those shops for many years. I frequently go there to buy antiques at those shops still. Thankfully the shops on the square were spared, as far as I know. Information is still spotty, because the devastation of some of the subdivisions is so massive and all telephone lines are down, including cell towers, as well as power outages.
Also, many other towns were affected by this storm, including Pekin, my home town where I grew up. There was some heavy damage there as well.
I think I heard that there were at least SIX large tornadoes touchdown in several areas near us.
We, here in Peoria, were spared any damage except for some wind damage. My husband and I are okay.
Please look around you, look at your home, feel the warmth and be grateful for what you have. Because in an instant, it could be gone……just like that. Just like that, you could be homeless. In the blink of an eye.
Pray for Washington……
This is an actual photo of the monster tornado that ripped through Washington IL shortly after 11am Sunday morning.