Please click to enlarge
I've lived in the Valley Ranch section of Irving Texas for the last two and a half years. During that time almost every time I come home from somewhere I have to descend down a hill on MacArthur Blvd into Valley Ranch from the Los Colinas section of Irving. From the top of the hill the most prominent structure in sight was the Dallas Cowboys indoor training facility which is located a few blocks past my apartment complex. This thing was huge and dominated the view from the top of the hill until the big storm last Saturday around 3:30pm. The storm was reported to have winds over 70 miles per hour and torrential rain plus thunder and lightening. I was on the computer when the storm hit. It didn't last long but it hit very hard. After it passed I remember hearing more sirens than I ever remember hearing before. I wondered what they were for and even said a little prayer for those who need help. Then I ventured out to take some pictures of the cloudy sky and forgot about the sirens. A couple hours later we went to dinner in Carrollton. On the way back we always pass right by the Dallas Cowboys training facility. This time when I looked for the big familiar building all I saw was a heap of twisted metal and tarp. The whole thing was destroyed at that moment the sirens that I heard earlier made sense. Instead of going straight home I made a left and saw all the police cars, news trucks, lights and cameras. I drove around to the back side and took a couple of pictures of the damage. Then I started to wonder if the Cowboys football team was in there when it collapsed. Later I heard on the news that indeed a practice was taking place at the time and there were injuries, some severe but none fatal. I just read that one of the coaches was left paralyzed. What a tragedy. This wasn't even the strongest storm I've experienced here.
I pray for those injured and their families.
The ironic thing is I planned to get some pictures of the training facility this week before I move to Pennsylvania on monday.
The training facility is the big silver white thing with a blue star in the bottom two photos and the mess in the second. I acually took the weather map picture during the storm.
To see all the great my world tuesday posts click here.