Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Thunderstorms, Tornado Watches and The Single Life

One of the downsides of being single is going through thunderstorms alone. Right before I left school this afternoon, our principal announced that the PTO meeting tonight had been postponed till Thursday because of the large band of severe weather that would be going through our area throughout the evening. As I left school, the weather was overcast, but not bad. During the 40-minute drive home the weather went from overcast to windy with rain. By the time I arrived in my neighborhood, the wind was stripping the leftover leaves from the trees. It looked like it was raining leaves. As the evening has progressed, it has become worse. The thunder is now booming outside, I can hear the rain pouring down and there are reports of tornadoes in nearby counties. We are under a tornado watch until 11:00 p.m.

The first few years that I was single, I would practically hide under the bed during a thunderstorm. I don't know why they bother me so much! I never gave them a second thought when I was married. It is interesting how having another person in the house can dispell fear. I've gotten used to handling them alone now, and while they still make me decidedly nervous, I don't have the fear I used to have.

The tornado siren just started going off -- rather spooky sounding -- and amazingly LOUD -- and I'm sitting here writing in my blog! Guess I'll log off and get somewhere safe.

Later: I believe the worst of the storm is over. The tornado siren is no longer blaring, although according to the TV weather, there is another tornado warning starting now. No, don't think the worst is over. Hmmm -- looks like there is another one heading right my way. Fun fun!

Later still: According to the news, the worst is over. I made it through. Yea!! They were just showing a "shear marker" that passed directly above where I live. I believe it. It got pretty bad there for awhile. I actually was standing by the window watching it. Okay - so much for my exciting evening. Now I'm hoping that there was enough rain to flood some low lying roads resulting in school being cancelled tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Even later still: School wasn't cancelled...not even delayed.

1 comment:

beth said...

I'm glad you are okay and are less afraid of thunderstorms.

The monster storm system you just had is almost here now.

We are bracing.

Stay safe :)