We heard the warnings all day about the dangerous storms heading our way. The radio said they were the most significant storm warnings, perhaps ever, in Indiana. At 8:00 pm we drove to pick our girls under ominous skies. a mile from church a lightning bolt hit the ground very near our car. The noise and vibration were terrible! I felt jittery for hours after that…
Picked up the girls to Tornado warnings being posted, gauging by 5 minute increments when they would be affecting towns across the state, moving at about 50 mph. Hustling home, the rain started. Then the thunder and lightning. Now this doesn’t seem that unusual at this time of year, but the cloud shapes almost defy description. so many different levels and shades. Since our town wasn’t listed, everyone but me went to bed. At 11:30 I turned on the radio one more time to hear our announcer listing our local areas, and telling people to take cover. “Don’t wait to hear or see it, go to interior rooms away from all windows”.
Coming from the West coast in earthquake country, there is a little jaded part, for there are never warnings they just hit. I didn’t want to overreact and scare my family, but I walked by the front door and heard the sirens going off, large citywide sirens meant to alert all of its inhabitants. I ran upstairs and told my groggy children to come down immediately. My husband was sitting up in bed, having heard the sirens already. We walked down, grabbed some blankets and sat in the downstairs interior bathroom. Verrrrryyyy cozy. I had the door open a bit, so we could hear the radio. My husband sat with his phone pulling up storm tracking. It was scary, especially on the heels of so much tragedy from this type of weather across our nation.
It passed by us with just some rough storms, I texted several friends who were still in the predicted areas to come. We all were in bathrooms, under stairs, etc. I praise God this morning that no one was killed in this storm. For all of our supposed self-sufficiency, we are actually very minute and helpless in the reality of nature.
Once it passed you feel sort of silly having all rushed for cover, but isn’t that what prevention is all about? Not waiting? For much of my life I dreamed of being a storm chaser. That dream was fractured during the most intense storm I had ever been part of last year. Now, my stomach knots up a bit, but my wisdom has expanded.
I wonder where people are supposed to go who have no shelter? For example, I head the trains in the distance. They are traveling across long stretches of fields. The news told everyone on the freeway to get off and out of the car, go for shelter. Where? Does everyone already know this stuff here? If you are new to the Midwest, this is foreign to us. Any tips?