Caught in a Tornado!
Today I was sitting at my desk, trying to finish up grading, when I heard that baseball-sized hail was headed my way. Thinking that I could get home ahead of it, I grabbed my stuff and hurried to my car.
It was raining when I left, with blue skies in front of me. No problem. I can stay in front of the front and all will be well.
Not when I get stopped for the full rotation of at least three lights.
The hail started first. Then, the blinding rain. Since I could still see blue skies, I thought that surely I could make it home.
At one point I was totally engulfed by driving winds and blinding rain. I thought the car was going to be lifted off the road. I was scared.
When it was clear to me that I was in a tornado—sometimes I’m a little slow—I pulled into the parking lot of a local restaurant. I was afraid to get out of the car because I might get blown away since I still thought the car was going to lift off.
I was praying like crazy.
Then, a little bitty woman ran in front of my car and into the restaurant. Shoot. I figured if the wind wasn’t blowing her away, I’d be okay since I’m about twice her size.
I walked as fast as I could into the restaurant, and in the 10 feet I walked, my clothes and hair were completely soaked. After feeling that wind, I now understand how people’s clothes are ripped off of them in a tornado.
I didn’t think I was that scared, but after I got inside I started shaking all over. I could hardly control my hands enough to text my husband that I was all right.
Just like that, it was over. The skies cleared, and I drove home.
Here’s what I saw after the storm:
It’s supposed to be a rough afternoon and evening. Here’s hoping we don’t get hit again.