Last night we had about four or five tornado warnings. Our town got hit by high winds on Monday night and then again last night. There are trees down everywhere. Nothing like Joplin, mind you. I've been troubled thinking of the people in Joplin. One story I heard was what people were looking for the most were items that you normally misplace like keys, glasses, cell phone, purse. About ten-thirty last night, the sirens went off. We live south and west of town, out in the country. I do not know where the nearest tornado siren is located, but it was going off loud and clear. Very scary. I got up and started tidying up the house. And I thought this is dumb. If we get blown away, it won't matter if the house is tidy or not. But this is what I do when I'm nervous.
Doug went out to the car port to take a look and called me to join him. The rain was torrential and the wind was blowing hard. And it was pitch black dark. It is even scarier when you can't see anything. Ever so often the lightening would light up everything around bright as day.
We have a crawl space but it is wet and icky and has spiders and dirt. So I hunkered down in my little half-bath. I was sitting on the floor on a blanket in my pajamas. I had two battery powered lanterns, my purse, my glasses, my cell phone and charger. I sat in there and read a book. Doug was across the hall in the bedroom with our Corgi, Chelsea, and the cats. I guess he thought they would make a run for it if need be.
I sat in the bathroom reading and thought should I get dressed? But I was tired and stayed in my pajamas.
Sometime around 11:15 to 11:30 p.m. I thought it was o.k. to go to bed. But even then I had trouble sleeping because the wind was blowing so hard.
This morning it looked like a war zone. Roads blocked by trees. And everyone keeps saying this is nothing compared to Joplin.
A fellow university employee who lives thirty-five minutes or so from my house sent this out this morning.
Thirty-five minutes away is too close for comfort.
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