I grew up in Washington, Illinois and graduated from Washington High School. So did Phil. He graduated WAY before me though. Obviously.
Half of my immediate family still lives there.
And what appears to have been an EF4 tornado ripped through Washington today.
I couldn't reach my parents. There was little to no cell service.
We were headed to their house and I was finally able to reach my sister. Thankfully, they were all safe and their homes are intact.
Meanwhile, Phil managed to reach our friend Brent, who has helped us so much in the building of our new home.
He has lost his home.
His dad, who lived a block down, also lost his.
But they are safe.
Brent needed a ride to somewhere--anywhere--but by the time we got there, he had already made his way to his sister's home.
This is what we witnessed.
This is what's left of Brent's home.
No, Phil is not lighting a ciggie.
I've never seen this type of destruction before in person. It's overwhelming.
Brent's home was only blocks from my good friend's parents' house, so we continued to walk. Their home is still standing, but missing half the roof. They are safe.
Please pray for Washington, and those who have been devastated by this tornado.
I keep learning of more and more people I know who have lost everything.
It looks like a wasteland.
I am heartbroken for all those affected.