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Last night as I drove to work (I work third shift at UPS), severe weather was steadily approaching the Louisville area. Now, I like tornados about as much as Helen Hunt's character in Twister. I don't like the damage they cause, but I'm drawn to such dangerous beauty. As soon as I got to work, I had no more than gotten settled in when we were ushered to our safe area due to a tornado warning. While I believe the Louisville area did not get tornado damage, I have received word that several members of my immediate family and some family friends (who live in Muhlenberg County, 2 1/2 hours southwest of Louisville), lost everything. My cousin JoNell and her husband Bobby lost their home. JoNell just buried her 97 year old mother this week. My aunt and uncle, Gerine and Tommy (who were on an extended trip to Florida), are on their way to what once was their home. They just built it a little over a year ago. It was also a total loss. A family friend, who buried her daughter yesterday, lost her home last night. She is battling leukemia and hasn't been given long to live. She was put back into the hospital this morning. So while I am grateful that my family here in Louisville has been spared, I mourn for my family and friends that have been through so much. I pray that God will grant them peace as they pick up the pieces of their lives. I am grateful that God has protected their bodies from harm.