Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Oh What A Night" as the song goes

"Oh, what a night !" but not the kind you want. Around 1:30 in the morning, we woke to the tornado siren screaming. Not a good way to wake up. In a daze Emery and I hunt for shoes and socks, turn on the television to see the radar, call Melanie to make sure they heard it too, they did and poor Melanie's voice is shaken, not at all a good way for a pregnant mommy to wake up. Mei-Ling slept through it, how, I have no idea since its practically an earth shattering sound. The siren seems to go on forever, relentless in its call to action. The sky is funny colored, which is never a good sign. On the radar there is low level rotation, and it looks like its heading right for our town. The batteries are dead in the weather radio, but we are watching the television for an update before we decide to head for the shelter which is less than a mile from our home. Melanie and I stay on the phone, watching the very same television channel, trying to decide what we should do, and then, suddenly the low level rotation disappears, the storm looses some strength and we get the all clear. This all takes place in about 10 minutes time but it felt a bit like forever. The scary weather is the one thing I HATE about Texas. Spring and fall can be crazy some years. This past spring was quiet for us regarding bad storms and no one complained. We didn't hear sirens once and that was just fine with us.
It was hard to wind down and relax enough to go back to sleep after all that adrenalin, but somehow we did. More storms on the way, so it looks like a nice day to batten down the hatches and stay put. Once again, we have been safe in His hands.

photo is of a storm that rolled through last December

14 comments:

novascotiagal said...

I stayed in Kansas for a short time, and was amazed by the thunderstorms too. At least radar could see the weather coming from a long distance away. With all that flat land across the prairies, the weather forecasters could tell us exactly, almost to the minute, when the thunderstorms would arrive. Of course, as you know, in the hilly world of the northeast, nothing is predictable, but usually it's tempered by the cold, and the hills, and the water. I wouldn't enjoy the sirens! Lawrence, Kansas, had them, but while I was there never had the occasion to go off, luckily.

Holly C. said...

Oh my-glad everybody is okay there.

Tornados are high on my list of things that scare me. I've had numerous nightmares about them-not fun!

Hope the weather there is better today!☺

cherylhotton said...

Thank God the weather system moved on . It must have been so scary , when the phone rings in the middle of the night you get such a scare so I can well imagine the fright the siren must give you !

Renee said...

We were watching the news at that time and praying for you all. Glad everyone is okay!

Patty said...

thanks Renee for the prayers last night, they were answered

Cathi said...

We were under the tornado watch from 2a.m. thru 7a.m. & of course I didn't sleep. I love Texas except for the T-word! Scares the heck out of me!

NeeCee said...

We live in Oklahoma, so I totally understand what that is like. The wind was just roaring last night, so I was up most of the night listening to it rage all night.

ann said...

Praise God you and your family are safe!

Sunny said...

Glad to hear you did not get blown away. Is all of TX like that?

clairz said...

Nothing scarier and I'm glad you didn't stop for a photo while it was happening. Glad to hear you are safe.

Thank you for sharing your experience and that fine photo.

swedishcowboy said...

Patty, I am wondering what your thoughts are regarding the recent events surrounding "The Secret" author. I bought that book after reading your input here on this blog.

Dawn said...

Sirens didn't go off in the DFW area.
We got some brutal rain and wind though, but that was a blessing since it dropped the temperature
10+ degrees in a matter of moments.
It's amazing how these severe thunderstorms come and go so quickly...but that's a good thing I guess. =)

May you and Emery have a good weekend!

Janette said...

I have to admit that we ignore the siren to a certain extent. WE go downstairs-but they pull it way too often after a tornado blew through a town seven miles away last year.
I do love the crazy weather that Kansas offers! I don't like being awakened for a "drill".

Patty said...

Hi Swedish Cowboy, if you are talking about the sweat lodge incident, then all I can say is when we loose our connection with God, things seem to fall apart, and it appears to me that greed was behind it all, trying to fit so many people in something like that, is so wrong, on so many levels. I still believe in the law of attraction, but have always connected it to God and faith in what we ask for.

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