You know

when most of the day there is a Tornado Watch and you have housework to do & homework, animals & children to tend to, and all that good stuff and you live in a mobile home…

you can’t spend all that “watch” time somewhere else in a “substantial structure”.

So, you do the best you can, hoping & praying for the best.

But NOTHING stops your heart like peering out the window, seeing huge trees touching the ground before wringing the other way and seeing (and hearing) that dreaded black rotating cloud overhead.

There is not time to get out.  There is barely time to get your kids into the hall closet and lay on top of them and pray harder.

And when it’s over and said rotating black cloud has remained in the sky and your house is in one piece, as are all your family members…

You pray again, thanking the Almighty for His hand of protection.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 20:14:19

    Wow, did that happen to you? PTL, you are all okay, and your home was spared. We live in ‘tornado alley’, but have never had one close. Scary@

  2. snigsspot
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 20:31:35

    Yes ma’am, about an hour ago.

    Stupid tornado didn’t know it was supposed to be in the next county over (county line is about 2 miles from here) I guess. No warnings issued for us, but there was one issued for the next county.

    The back of my house looks weird- leaves hanging all over it. The rain & hail beat the snot out of all my flowers (glad I took the pictures I did earlier) and my poor dog looks like he’s done speed. James went & picked limbs and stuff off my car.

    Clearing off completely now…amazing how fast it comes & goes.

  3. Ami
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 22:47:38

    Oh my gosh. Oh. Oh my.

    Glad all is well.

  4. Old NFO
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 23:35:34

    Glad you’re all okay… The man upstairs was looking out for you!

  5. Glenn Mark Cassel
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 00:58:22

    Eleven years in Kansas. Know it well, my dear, know it well. Glad all are well at Casa de Snigs.

  6. Bob Perrow
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 09:57:58

    Glad to hear that you and yours are all ok, Snigs.

  7. snigsspot
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:22:14

    Thanks, y’all. Just part of the fun of Summer in the South.

    I’m pretty sure we skipped spring this year. We went from cold to hot (already had days in the 90s) in the blink of an eye. I was afraid when we had all this hot weather unseasonably early, that there would be hell to pay when it cooled off a bit. I was right.

  8. Crucis
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 14:39:21

    We’re all thankful you and the kids are unharmed. Many of the local trailer parks around here come with bolt-holes for each site. That still takes time to gather everyone up and to get there.

    Did any sirens go off? All the parks around here have them slaved to our local severe weather office.

  9. snigsspot
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 15:32:07

    We don’t live in a park, we’re just out here in the sticks. As to our weather siren, um, not sure the one at the volunteer fire station works, not to mention, someone would have to go to the station to sound the bell. The last time they tried to use it, birds were nesting in it and it didn’t work.

    We’re in a “dead” zone here. Too far away from any major city to get any good coverage. Usually, by the time Atlanta or Columbia, SC pick up that anything is happening here, it’s over and gone.

  10. snigsspot
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 16:26:11

    Just talked to Mama. (They live on the back side of 34 acres, we’re on the front) When Daddy went to get the mail, he noticed quite a bit of damage to trees & such on up our way. He said they looked “wrung” apart. After the husband goes to work, I’m going to mosey up there an check it out.

    I’m mighty damned thankful he was home during all that last night. I guess furlough days do have a positive side, eh?

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