I am fortunate to have never been near a tornado. The deadly ones that hit Oklahoma yesterday were massive. There is a breed of people called tornado chasers who actually seek them out to follow and photograph, some for scientific purposes, others just for the thrill of it.
But now that people have cell phone cameras, they tend to take risks in order to get footage, staying outside to film instead of seeking cover, but thanks to their determination (foolhardiness?) we get incredible videos like this one of one tornado in the process of actually forming, which I had never seen before. (Via Neetzan Zimmerman.)
Meanwhile this morning NPR interviewed congressman Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) whose district includes the devastated area and in response to the question of the community needs now, can you guess what his answer was? The first thing they need is prayer!
Don’t listen to him. Since his god couldn’t be bothered to stop the tornadoes, it hardly seems likely that he will do anything to help people afterwards. What relief agencies need most in time like this is money and the Foundation Beyond Belief has set up a site where you can donate money to this and other relief efforts as disasters occur.