Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

March 4, 2012

We should all be thankful

VALDOSTA — Saturday's storms were frightening and to those caught in their path, the area is fortunate that no reports of death or serious injury were reported.

Thankfully, being on a weekend day, schools were closed and so were many businesses, reducing the amount of traffic that would ordinarily have been in those areas at lunchtime. People seemed to heed the warnings and stayed indoors and hunkered down to ride out the high winds. Even in areas skirted by the tornado, now categorized as an EF3, there was still damage to property with trees blown over, high water, and scattered debris.

Those who lost homes are receiving help from neighbors, friends and family members, and there will be opportunities announced in the next few days for those who are interested in helping.

While all should be grateful that the destruction wasn't much worse, everyone should also be vigilant. This is just the beginning of storm season in the region, and there is a high probability that this will occur again.

Take precautions now to avoid disaster in the future.

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