For everyone who has asked, me and my loved ones are okay. I'm sad that I'm not able to say that about so many others in our state.
I haven't been able to speak with my son in Huntsville, but my ex says he texted with him last night after the storm had passed. I suppose their cells have lost their charge and there are wide-spead power outages and power lines down there according to the news so the landline isn't working.
For the first time in my life, I actually got into the closet under the basement stairs...instead of just going down into the basement. The storm tore a wide swath of destruction all the way from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham and points east of me. It seems like it wasn't on the ground out my way, but did touch down further northeast of me again. They say it was probably 1 to 1 1/2 miles wide.
Please keep Alabama in your prayers.
update....my son just called from Madison. Can you say RELIEF! If they can get the gas they will be driving to Birmingham later today to stay with either me or the ex.