The recent storms making their way across the country did not miss us here on the east coast. They rolled through last night about 7pm, along with the first tornado warning. I called my daughter, told her to bring my grandbabies over here and we rode it out amongst cracks of lightening and sheets of rain.
There were 6 tornado warnings in 4 hours and every ‘cell’ that came through took the exact same path so, 6 times we had to brace ourselves. The last one, around 11pm had a center of circulation headed right for us and…we heard…something. We have a lot of traffic on the road out front and big tractor-trailer trucks fly down our road and that’s what we thought we heard…only, there was no traffic and the noise got louder. I made my son come downstairs and we all just sat and listened to this…noise…rumble by and waited. I don’t normally get scared of storms but last night, hearing that rumble, my heart rate increased until I felt dizzy. LOL Luckily, whatever it was, left and the warnings stopped. The rain didn’t. It beat against the house for hours. Rain, I can handle. Spooky sounding wind, not so much.
There were several confirmed tornados that actually touched down, one only 6 miles from the house. From the news report, it hit a food prep plant, with 800 employees inside, and tossed a car inside. Another, 30 minutes from here, destroyed a few homes and a barn, killing 3 horses in the process. No human deaths, that I know of.
All in all, it was a little bit too close for comfort. It’s still cloudy today, the wind is strong enough to toss my flowering Mimosa tree every direction but up and the clouds threaten more rain. Crossing my fingers it doesn’t get as bad as last night. Although, at least during the day, I can see what’s going on outside instead of just wondering.