Fastening our seatbelts . . . tornado watch

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We have a tornado watch out here until 5 a.m. That’s six hours from now.. My husband told me to be sure and have” pants, shoes and a flashlight at hand” when I went to bed–just in case. Fasten your seatbelts, it could be a bumpy ride.

Tornadoes have always scared me. I am amazed at the amount of destruction they can cause in such a very small amount of time; in the way in which they can demolish a block of houses while across the street, hardly more than a shingle is lost. I look at what happened last year in what we here call “April’s Fury,” the death and the devastation, and  know my sister, nephew, niece and her family all narrowly missed being victims of those storms.

They sound very much like a train when they are headed towards you and it can all happen so very fast. What do you grab? The cats. The laptop. The photo albums. My Kindle. I could never carry all my RA DVDs–there are too many of them. N&S, VoD, my RH boxed set, Strike Back. Spooks 7. . . . oh, it’s too hard a decision.

I just have to hope and pray the colliding warm and cold fronts don’t spawn a “March’s Fury” for us, that no one is injured or kiled, that no homes are destroyed.

It could be a long night.

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. The tornadoes in the US were featured in our local news this evening and they are even terrifying to see on TV!! To experience them in person must be so much worse. I hope and pray you will all be kept safe tonight.

    • Thanks, Teuchter and Kathryn. It’s pretty quiet here right now–some rain and distant thunder. The temps are hovering near 70 degrees. Certainly don’t need the flannel PJs tonight! Storm systems always make my FMS flare up, so it’s hard to get to sleep. Plus, if it does get bad, I want to be ready to vamoose if necessary.
      I keep watching my Thorin vid I posted earlier to de-stress me. LOVE that hair!!!!

  2. Thinking of you, hope you’ll get through the night without any nasty tornadoes! Keep safe! Please keep us posted if you can! 🙂

  3. Praying for your safety and well-being, for all of you. I truly hope you will be spared. I’ll be waiting to hear.

    • Thanks, I hope not, too, too hard to decide!! A little over two hours left on the tornado watch, hopefully they won’t extend it. It’s going to be about 30 degrees colder tomorrow night than it is tonight. Crazy March weather.

  4. The destruction wrought by tornadoes was featured on our news services here over the last couple of days. Hope you are spared that. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Look forward to hearing from you soon and that you are safe.
    It has been raining non stop here for more than 24 hours, but thankfully my house isn’t vulnerable to flood. Parts of Victoria and New South Wales are under water with more rain on the way. My thoughts and prayers are with those people affected too.

    • Mezz,I’m really sorry to hear about the flooding in Victoria and NSW… :(I hope the damage won’t be too great and no lives will be lost..

    • Hi Mezz, I just heard a weather report for Canberra and district – we could be heading towards flooding, too. It’s been raining for a couple of days here, too, with very little sunlight and it’s now quite cold for March. I’m going back to bed now as it’s too cold to even sit here reading comments any more! ‘night, ‘night

      • Judit, thankyou. It’s nothing like the Queensland floods of last year, they were like an inland tsunami. Here it’s a steady rise in the water levels so people have a chance to prepare by sandbagging or, at worst, evacuate. Unfortunately more rain is expected over the next 24 hours, although it has stopped for the time being here.

        Kathryn, I don’t know about Canberra, but it’s been a strange summer here, and it’s cool for this time of the year too. I’m still up because there’s a party next door and I know I won’t get to sleep with the music going. Have had to put on tracky pants, cardi and slippers to keep warm! I hope you’re not in an area that could be affected by floods, if so, take care and stay safe.

        • PS I don’t mean to sound dismissive of how serious it is for those people who are at risk of having their homes go under, but so far I haven’t heard that any lives have been lost, so hopefully that luck holds.

        • Mezz, thanks for the update. I hope the flooding situation won’t get any worse. Sorry that your noisy neighbours are keeping you up! It can be very annoying!

          • It’s the first party they’ve had in the five years they’ve lived there, and they’re lovely people, so I don’t have an issue with it. And they did let us know in advance. It’s 1am here now, and all’s quiet, so I’ll be heading off to bed.

  5. Dear Angie, I hope everything’s alright with you and the yours and everybody is safe and sound!! Just now we do have the nicest early spring weather over here in southern Bavaria.
    A pic to enjoy:

    Hopefully you’ve got some sleep…..

  6. Just woke up and heard the news. How horrible! Hearing about the kids at the elementary school made me think of all of the tornado drills we practice! My friend and I were just rehashing old stories about our close calls with twisters. We were discussing how this weather has gotten us worried. It’s too early for tornado season. Next thing you know we’ll have a damn hurricane! We are dealing with some very strange weather in our neck of the woods, as well. I’m praying that you are all safe, in whatever hemisphere, country or state you live in and with whatever weather you are dealing with.

    • When I was living in Talladega, a tornado came right down the street on which I worked and lived. I made it to the main building on the ASB campus just moments before it hit. I remember seeing stuff flying by through the windows, but having no idea what much of it was vecause the winds were so high. Thankfully, no one was killed but a tremendous amount of damage occurred to many homes and properties. Many huge old trees were completely uprooted, buckling the sidewalks in a number of places.
      I was afraid to go home that afternoon and see if the Victorian two-story where I lived in an upstairs apartment was still intact. Thankfully, it was not damaged, but a main transformer behind us had been knocked out by downed trees and we were without power for close to a week. I remember bathing by candleight.

  7. I hope you and your hubby made it through the night safe and sound. I saw there were some tornadoes in lower AL. This tornado outbreak has really hit home for me. Between where I live in northern AL, to were I lived during gradschool (Southern Indiana), and my homestate of Missouri, I’ve found all these tornadoes so stressful. I think I worry more about friends and loved ones than I do about finding shelter myself. Guess it just comes with the territory of living in Tornado Alley most of your life.

    • Yes, we are fine. I do find myself more anxious for my sister and her offspring ever since coming so close to disaster last April and that I worry more about bad weather in general. When Benny started telling me to have this and that ready last night, I knew he was taking it very seriously and the man is no alarmist.

  8. Angie, your little “corner of the world” seems so dangerous to me!

    Since we know each other I have been scared of the weather in Alabama at least ….how many? Half a dozen times? You are brave and keep up your good humor.

    I hope everything will be well!

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