"I can use about half of my house."
He has five trees on his house. His neighborhood is demolished. It's the worst of times in Tuscalosa, AL, kiddies. So many people have lost so much across the entire state. The mile-wide tornado that tore across the middle of town stayed on the ground for over 70 miles. We're pulling together, assessing, and preparing for clean-up. I can't even begin to tell you everything that is lost, including so many lives. I still haven't heard back from some students.
The tornado came within 1 mile of L's sister's house, and the one that destroyed Sipsey and Cordova came within 1/2 a mile of his brother's house. His cousins, aunt, and uncle in Huntsville were narrowly missed as well.
My immediate family got lucky. We've only had to deal with power outages and phone issues, but all my cousins, aunts, and uncles in Pleasant Grove lost their homes. One of my cousins and his roommate rode out the storm in his closet and came out to find the rest of the apartment gone.
Three grad students lost their homes, but amazingly, no one from the math department or their families lost their lives. For that, we are all so thankful. Tomorrow night, the algebraists and topologists plan to hold Aftermath as scheduled. I think we can all use a drink. We need to talk about it, to commiserate and to toast survival. I think it's just what we need.