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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog. 

I apologize for the delay of normal posts–it has been a very hectic and stressful two days. I was visiting family in my hometown on Monday, April 28 when the devastating storm hit Louisville, Mississippi hard…very hard. An EF4  tornado ripped through my little hometown leaving behind piles of sticks, mangled rubble, and slabs where houses used to be…it was a destruction in the likes of which I have never seen…and hope to never witness again.

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Driving into town today was very emotional–seeing the place where I grew up in shambles was heartbreaking. When I topped the hill and witnessed the first of the damage in the Louisville Country Club/South Church Street area…I cried–squalled like a little baby. All of this is difficult for me to talk about because I have not had time to fully process everything…but what I can tell you is that when I said, “It is good to see you today”…it was truly good to see you today. 

Due to limited internet and cell service here, I will keep this blog brief. So, here are a few photos from the damage in town today–to see more photos and updates, please visit my social media below. 

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A house damaged right across the road from the Winston Country Medical Center which was heavily damaged by the EF4 tornado.

A house damaged right across the road from the Winston County Medical Center.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers  A dear friend of mine, Amberle Rogers sent me this photo she took inside the Winston County Medical Center. Sadly, this is not the worst of the damage

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
A dear friend of mine, Amberle Rogers sent me this photo she took inside the Winston County Medical Center. Sadly, this is not the worst of the damage at WCM.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers  Another photo from inside the Winston County Medical Center taken by Amberle Rogers.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
Another photo from inside the Winston County Medical Center

Coming into town today, I spotted the Louisville City Limits sign twisted from the tornado, snapped a photo, and tweeted it to The Weather Channel. Thank you, Jim Cantore, for your kind words and support as Louisville, Mississippi recovers from this tragedy.

Coming into town today, I spotted the Louisville City Limits sign twisted from the tornado, snapped a photo, and tweeted it to The Weather Channel. Thank you, Jim Cantore, for your kind words and support as Louisville, Mississippi recovers from this tragedy.

On the East Main Street/Highway 14 East area of Louisville, I spotted this house with the "Thank You, Jesus!" sign. Yes...thank you, Jesus!

On the East Main Street/Highway 14 East area of Louisville, I spotted this house with the “Thank You, Jesus!” sign. Yes…thank you, Jesus!

Broken trees, down power lines, and twisted street signs...never have I ever witnessed such a thing in person.

Broken and uprooted trees, downed power lines, and twisted street signs…never have I ever witnessed such a thing in person.

More of the destruction in Louisville, MS

More of the destruction in Louisville, MS

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers  A black and white photo of the unbelievable damage by Amberle Rogers.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers
A black and white photo of the unbelievable damage.

Photo Credit: Amberle Rogers A street once lined with houses is now basically flattened. We are a strong little town, and we will recover. Our God is stronger than any storm. Thank you, Amberle, for sending in this photo.

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A street once lined with houses is now lined with rubble. We [Louisville] are a strong little town, and we will recover. Our God is stronger than any storm.

Donations at the First Baptist Church in Louisville were magnificent. It was so great seeing the community working together to help those affected.

Donations at the First Baptist Church in Louisville were magnificent. It was so great seeing the community working together.

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Loading my car with food and supplies to take to the local shelters. I am so thankful that I was in town so that I could help. #PrayForLouisville #PrayForMississippi

 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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2 thoughts on “EF4 Tornado Strikes Louisville, Mississippi (My Hometown)

  1. Toni Howard says:

    The picture you posted is the street my grandmother lived on and you were in front of her house when your took that picture I hope none of your loved ones were injured during the storm.

    1. Abby Hathorn says:

      That’s wild…isn’t it! I had a hard time driving around the area seeing so much gone…seeing so many things I knew gone! Thankfully, none of my loved ones were lost. Only a family lost her home

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