One year ago, tomorrow, the world changed.
Our preconceived notions about what was possible were forever altered. Living the mountains, we might deal with flooding from time to time, maybe the occasional rockfall, forest fire or monstrous snowstorm, but that was about it. We certainly didn’t have to worry about anything as exotic as tornadoes. Those were flatland phenomena.
The night of March 2, 2012, however, forever rid us of that folly.
We vividly remember being huddled in a basement, trying our best to stay on top of the latest information and pass it along to readers through our website, holding out hope that the power would remain on long enough for us to broadcast just a few more alerts, just in case they might save a life.
We cannot forget how stunned we were the next day, when we toured the devestation in Johnson and Magoffin counties. Just hours before, the piles of rubble we photographed had been homes and businesses, their occupants blissfully unaware of the line of destruction headed their way.
And we will probably never again fail to get goosebumps and a shot of adrenalin, each time we hear the tones of the Emergency Broadcast System.
For many, the night of tornadoes is now but a memory, albeit one that can flood the mind with fear and crystal-clear images of destruction at a moment’s notice.
One year ago, tomorrow, the world changed … and yet, life goes on.
— The Floyd County Times