It’s been ten years to the day since the Veterans Weekend Tornado Outbreak in 2002 that spawned two powerful EF-3 tornadoes in the county. The first tornado caused extensive damage in Carbon Hill and points northeast, while the second deadlier tornado raked across Saragossa and points northeast.

It’s perhaps ironic that, on this ten-year anniversary, I now live on a plot of land that was directly impacted by the second tornado. Just inside the woods outside the window, several rotting tree trunks wrapped in tin lie on the ground amidst new growth, and the tree directly above me at the moment shows the characteristic scars of tornado damage – a bent trunk with many branches rising vertically from the bend. It will be a very long time before the traces of these powerful tornadoes begin to fade.