We just got into the house from a rare dinner out, and I heard my cell phone beeping that I had a message. It was my neighbor, calling to invite us over to their storm shelter. Arkansas is under several tornado warnings at once tonight, and the storms are tracking into the Missouri Ozarks. I’m keeping our neighbors near and far in my heart. For now, it looks like the storm is passing north of us, so we’ll stay put, but I am so thankful that we have near neighbors who are kind enough to offer us a safe place should we need it.
Update: Tragic news is pouring in from nearby Van Buren County and the community of Scotland, where one death and numerous injuries are being reported. This community is near the track of the huge storms that came through in February and May of 2008. Readers, please keep our neighbors near and far in your hearts tonight, and if you have anything to give to aid operations, please do give. (Updated 5-1 with better news, fewer fatalities.)