[F]ourteen years ago today, at approximately 3:45pm, at F5 tornado hit the Double Creek Estates in Jarrell, Texas. At the time, I was about a mile or so to the northeast on the frontage road of I-35 watching the backside of the incredibly dark storm. About an hour and a half later, I took the photo above of an unidentified couple watching rescuers digging through the debris. Beside being in the paper I worked for, the photo moved on the Associated Press wire service and was featured in a number of papers as well as the front page of MSNBC.com.
The storm killed 27 in that small community, including one entire family. I remember the victims and often pray for their friends and family each time I hear of a tornado such as Joplin.
I had hoped to visit Jarrell today but events kept me from doing so. I have never written publicly about my experiences of that day. Look for a post detailing that day which will include photos that have never been published.