*Guest blogger today
"The tornado that ripped through the Lady Lake area the other morning really shocked local communities.
"As an assistant editor for the Orlando Sentinel, I have seen all of the reports and photos, and it is simply devastating. I've been through Lady Lake numerous times, and the damage is almost overwhelming. It looks like a war zone!
"Florida is famous for its hurricanes, but most people don't realize we get more tornadoes per square mile than any other state. I've covered my fair share, but this one touches so close to home for me.
"Sometimes things happen outside of our control and it's so very frustrating. Life is such a frail creature. One day, everything is normal; the next, your world is upside down. I've experienced it enough myself to realize I need to appreciate life and those I love.
"Speaking of which, think I will love a little extra on my wife and boys tonight. They deserve it for putting up with me!"
- James Sheppard, Assistant Editor, Orlando Sentinal