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November 19, 2013

OUR VIEW: A reason to be thankful after the storm

— We heard from many readers via the Pharos-Tribune Facebook page Sunday evening after a severe storm blew through the area, but one post in particular made us stop and think.

It came from Pete Speicher, a Logansport native who is now a forecaster/radar operator for the Eastern North Dakota/Northwest Minnesota National Weather Service.

He posted, “[I] must say the BEST part of my job is seeing the words ‘no injuries’ after storms like this roll through, especially when it’s back home.”

Seeing the damage done around town — trees crushing houses and roofs ripped from homes — it’s amazing to think no one was injured.

The damage in other Indiana cities was far worse than what we experienced here, and even then, the news is the same. After touring many cities that lay in rubble, Gov. Mike Pence reported today there was not a single Hoosier casualty due to the storms.

News outlets and social media are bursting with images of destruction from this late-season line of storms. It’s bad — really bad in some areas. One of the harder hit areas is our neighbors in Kokomo, where a huge swath of town looks like a war zone.

It’s so bad there that the American Red Cross has setup a shelter for displaced residents. Shelters were also set up in Boone and Tippecanoe counties.

So as we look around at the mess we have to clean up here at home, let’s be mindful of how lucky we are that we escaped the massive devastation other cities find themselves in this week.

Things can be replaced, but people can’t.

 

THE ISSUE Sunday's severe storm system OUR VIEW We're lucky no causalities were reported from the storms that devastated many Indiana towns.

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