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Pray for Arkansas

Hi friends!

Not much of a blog post today, last night was a doozy and I’m not really in the mood to chat running today!

A half-mile wide (at least) EF-4 long-track tornado touched down about 5 miles north of our house, in Mayflower, leaving utter devastation, and killing 16 people, that they know of right now. The same storm system was on the ground for 2+ hours, and the damage is unreal. Definitely too close for comfort, and absolutely terrifying. Saying prayers for those who were greatly affected, and those who lost their homes and loved ones. This is also the second time in 3 years that Vilonia has been devastated.

I was about 5-10 minutes outside downtown Little Rock on I40 when the tornado warning came thru, and the storm quickly approached Maumelle. I had mom and dad back in TN keeping me updated, and was in touch with Adam who was in Dallas, TX also watching the weather. I am so thankful for all of the friends and family who texted me asking if I was home and taking shelter! Very scary to hear that a large, confirmed tornado was headed towards your tiny town and that it was all over the weather channel! Right as I got into downtown, the tornado passed through Mayflower, so instead of continuing on up into Maumelle to go home, I exited at North Little Rock and went to my friend Will’s house to stay for a little while. I was too scared to go back to Maumelle by myself with this bad storm passing through, plus since the storm passed over I40, it was eventually shut down for about an hour and traffic was at a standstill.

I screenshot this image of where I was on I40 right when the tornado warning came through on the radio and sent it to Adam and my parents so they’d know exactly where I was. In the picture I’m about 5-10 minutes out from downtown.

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That’s Pinnacle Mountain to the left.

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This is a shot of the tornado in Mayflower. Via Twitter. And the following 3 images are also from Twitter and Facebook. I don’t have the exact source, but this is damage in Mayflower, taken last night.

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I’m so thankful that the tornado passed just northwest of us. I thought for sure Maumelle was going to get nailed. God was definitely watching over us. I’m also very thankful that I stopped in Memphis for the 10 minutes that I did, otherwise I would have been home or up on 40 when the storm hit. Many though were not as fortunate, and many lost their homes for the second time. It breaks my heart to see the damage, and hear about all of the injuries and lives lost. Saying lots of prayers today for those whose lives were so badly affected! It makes you really appreciate your loved ones and friends, as those material things in life can easily be replaced. I can’t even begin to imagine what these people are feeling and going through. Pray, pray, pray!

There are multiple donations going on right now, including the Red Cross. You can read more about the storm damage HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Mentioned on Fox News HERE. There is also a video circulating on social media right now of some men who drove into the tornado and were able to capture some pretty scare moments…HERE. And for an aerial view, watch HERE.

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    cait @pieceofcait
    April 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    SO happy you were safe in that moment, sending prayers and good vibes <3

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    Heather @fitncookies
    April 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I heard about that on the news this morning and my first thought was that you live in Little Rock! I am so glad you are safe. How is trucky?
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    Chrissy @Pink Polish and Running Shoes
    April 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    So happy you’re safe. Sending prayers and good thoughts!
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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    April 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I saw this on the news and actually immediately thought of you. I didn’t know your location in relation to the storm but oh my goodness you were way closer than I could have ever imagined. So glad you’re safe!! It was really smart to stay with a friend, safety is in numbers. Thoughts and prayers for Arkansas <3
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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    April 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    So glad you’re safe, love. That must have been terrifying. Sending prayers <3.
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    April 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Gosh…this is just so sad! Glad you guys are doing well!

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    Madison @ Running Shoes and Sunshine
    April 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I’m glad your safe. My neighbor’s family is from Arkansas and she had friends of friends with terrible damage. I will be thinking about Arkansas! I’m glad you’re okay.
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    Bree
    April 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    It was pretty scary in Conway! We were surrounded! I didn’t really realize how dangerous it was until it was well past. Poor Vilonia, having so much damage right after the last tornado only 3 years ago.
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    Anna @ That DAMM Runner
    April 28, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    You are the only person I “know” in Arkansas/Little Rock. I thought of you this morning when I was watching the news! Praying for you and your neighbors.
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    Brooke@SweetnSweaty
    April 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Glad you are safe! I’m in NWA but have lots of family who took shelter last night in your area! My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.
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    Heidi @ Idlehide
    April 29, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I’ve been thinking of all my blogger friends in this area! Prayers to you guys. xo
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    Kim @ Fittin Pretty
    April 29, 2014 at 11:08 am

    So so scary!!!! Glad you’re safe! But so incredibly terrible for everyone affected…I can’t even imagine.
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    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
    April 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry that this happened. Absolutely keeping Arkansas in my thoughts – so glad you were out of the way. I would be a panicked wreck.
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    Becky@thesavedrunner
    April 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I am so sorry this happened. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of this. I’m so glad you were okay though!

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    Carson
    April 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    So glad you are safe. I continue to pray for those affected by the storms.
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