Well we had a crazy weather day yesterday! You should all know that I have bad weather phobia. It could be that I grew up in the panhandle and saw several tornados with my own two eyes and spent more times in a cellar than in restaurants each spring. So when thunderstorms start to roll in, I don't play around. Here is how the day went....
12:45 - I checked the radar and wow nelly, here they come! I start my journey of collecting my children from their schools. Unlike living in the panhandle, nothing around here is all that close so I have to travel a major interstate to get to child #1. He is about 40 min. away so I leave a little early.
1:00-1:30 - Get pounded by POURING rain in traffic
1:45 - Collect child #1 and head for child #2
2:00 - 2:30 - Get pounded by POURING rain in traffic
2:30 - Arrive at child #2 school just in time for the rain to stop and realize that it is sort of an erie quiet. Hmm.... Have I seen this before?
2:40 - Is that a tornado siren? Oh Yes, it is! Child #1 and I evacuate our vehicle and head inside the school. As we get inside another mom said that all of children are ducked and undercover.
2:45 - We are told that the storm is shifting direction and we can go back to our vehicles so that we can collect our children.
3:00 - 5:00 - RAIN, RAIN, RAIN.....See above photo of the flooded backyard
5:00 - Rain stops and the sun comes out. Birds began to chirp and to a "normal" person all seems well. Unfortunately, I am crazy enough to have the local radar on my favorites and I know that IT AINT OVER!
6:30 - I leave for my lab class a little early, that is, you got it, 40 min away. Good thing because about 15 min later hubby calls to tell me that it is pouring at home and headed my way.
8:45 - Leave lab and call home so that hubby can check the radar. He tells me that maybe I can beat it home, but there is a big storm about to hit. Now this is where the real panic sets in, because the combination of driving, dark, and storms horrifies me.
9:15 - I am within a few min of home. I am getting pounded by rain (story of the day) and notice that the rain is sort of swirling and the wind is blowing so hard that I am having difficulty keeping my van between the lines. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDIN' ME.....TORNADO SIREN!
9:20 - Arrive home to find my family in the closet. That is where our children slept last night ( we can actually fit a twin mattress in our closet).
10:10 - storm is gone, radar is clear, Monica begins to breathe normally and actually goes to bed.
P.S. Rylan asked me when the tornado sirens started going off if we were going to stop, drop, and roll. No son, that would be a fire.