the wind began to switch….

26 May

This eastern girl was not prepared for the weather that hit the Midwest this week. We were given a 24 hour heads up on Monday, that Tuesday was going to be a stay glued to your TV, weather alert radio, internet radar (in my case all 3) kind of day. I knew that there is a difference between a tornado watch and a warning.

A watch, being just that. Watch, wait and see what happens. Stay alert, but go about your normal business. In my case that was trying to get things done, but found myself going to the live radar on my computer screen every 5 seconds. Over the course of 3 hours it went from nothing to a major something pretty darn quick. That is when they issued a

A warning means seek shelter. Don’t pass go, go to your nearest shelter immediately.

At this point the storms directly in our path were at least 1 hour away, according to every weather source I had going. We decided to head to the In Laws to check on them. Everyone was good, and did not seem too worried about tornadoes. (I on the other hand was very concerned) A few moments later, two things happened simultaneously that scared the @#!* out of me. Several tornadoes were touching down, one of which was only about 30 minutes away, and heading, at a very rapid speed, right for us. And then I heard them. The tornado sirens. They were loud. They sent chills over my entire body. I had heard them before, but not  like this.

Every weekend at 12:00 pm the sirens are tested, at a low level. Sometimes I don’t even notice when they are going off. This time, I noticed. We decided at this point that we were going to head home, 2 miles away, so we could be close to our neighbor, who kindly offered to share her brand new storm cellar with us, and several other neighbors. I was ready to head in there the minute we got home. The other half of WE (TOHOW) was a hell of a lot calmer than I was, as he grew up dealing with this crazy weather. He did not want to sit in a hot shelter for an hour. Then it started hailing. Hard. The sky took on the color of pea soup, and I looked at him and said well, then you can come when you are ready. He changed his shoes and met us across the street.

We had a radio with us so we could track the storm, and TOHOW had his laptop. Our neighbor who is about 80, did not seem fazed at all by the fast approaching super cell. She calmly sat next to me in the shelter, and did not say a word. I asked her is she was ok about 10 times, but I think I was just trying to reassure myself, because her response was always “Oh yes, I’m fine”. My other neighbor and her husband were there as well. Of course the men were not in the shelter with us yet. They were in the house watching through the big front windows. All of a sudden TOHOW and the other guy came rushing into the garage and got in the shelter. “Its coming, I can’t even see our house” TOWHOW said. And then the noise outside became so loud we could not hear each other. I thought for sure the house was going to be whisked away, and not in the nice orderly fashion like in the Wizard Of Oz.  This lasted about 5 minutes. And then silence. Not a peep. Not a rustle. Just silence. We all looked at each other, and slowly made our way out of the shelter. Opened the garage door to find, sunshine.

Yes the sun was shining in all its glory. Trees were down, the road was littered with branches, and a million leaves. There was hail all over the place. The houses were all still there. The tornadoes had missed us. Unfortunately others were not lucky. Many homes were destroyed. People are missing. People lost their lives. And for this reason, I will never underestimate the weather. Ever. Even if that means  spending an hour or more being hot, sweaty, cramped and claustrophobic.

And right now, I am going to make our sweet,generous,calm neighbor a pie.


Posted by on ampThu, 26 May 2011 11:58:18 +000058Thursday 4 , 2011 in Uncategorized


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13 responses to “the wind began to switch….

  1. thefooddoctor

    pmpThu, 26 May 2011 15:50:05 +000050Thursday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Oh my! that was scary!
    really glad that you are ok and your house didn’t go with Dorothy..

    • metrocakegirl

      ampFri, 27 May 2011 10:30:44 +000030Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Thank you. That tornado scene from the Wizard of Oz kept going through my head as I sat in the shelter.

  2. myblogject

    ampFri, 27 May 2011 01:47:18 +000047Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    I enjoyed your post a lot.Very surreal reading about this as nothing like this ever happens over here. Great insight although I realise that sounds rather bad when it causes so much destruction.

  3. myblogject

    ampFri, 27 May 2011 01:59:22 +000059Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Hi. enjoyed your post a lot.Very surreal reading about this as nothing like this ever happens over here. Great insight although I realise that sounds rather bad when it causes so much destruction.

    • metrocakegirl

      ampFri, 27 May 2011 10:27:31 +000027Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      It does not sound bad, I felt a little odd writing it since so many were devastated by these storms, but also felt the need to share my experience.

  4. Ginger

    ampFri, 27 May 2011 06:48:38 +000048Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    I’m so glad that you all are safe and your home is okay, but I’m very sorry you had to go through that and to hear other people weren’t so lucky as you. The east coast misses you, come back to is soon.

    • metrocakegirl

      ampFri, 27 May 2011 10:29:23 +000029Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Thank you Miss Ginger. Hopefully by this time next year I will be dealing with the milder spring rain on the east coast. I made some of your muffins the other day, yummo! Really good.

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    pmpFri, 27 May 2011 19:12:12 +000012Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Scary ain’t they. This has been a heck of a year. I’m glad you’re safe.

    • metrocakegirl

      pmpSat, 28 May 2011 23:01:09 +000001Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      So scary, and surreal. Hopefully we have seen the worst of it, and the rest of the year will be calm.

  6. yerttle

    pmpThu, 02 Jun 2011 19:43:29 +000043Thursday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p06

    I’m from a little town about 60miles south of Joplin…more people have tornado shelters than extra shoes. I’m glad you’re okay.

    …and now I live on the East Coast (about two hours from the beach) and there are still tornadoes…but being so close to the beach makes it okay. 😉

    • metrocakegirl

      pmpThu, 02 Jun 2011 21:15:44 +000015Thursday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p06

      Thank you. I saw that Springfield Mass. got hit yesterday with an EF4. The weather has been so strange this year.
      I miss the east coast, but do not miss the snow. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and subscribing.

  7. bobcb518

    ampFri, 03 Jun 2011 10:14:02 +000014Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p06

    Tornado sirens are so scary. A few weeks ago we were getting them every day. About 4 miles down the road 2 people were killed by a tornado in the area. We dodged a bullet. The town of Vilonia, which is about 30 miles away got hit really hard. I drove through there about a week later. It was so sad.

    • metrocakegirl

      ampFri, 03 Jun 2011 10:21:54 +000021Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p06

      Oh how scary! We were lucky that day, as there were 5 pretty major tornadoes that hit, and 4 of them were within a 30 -40 mile radius of us, the closest was about 15 miles away and was heading right towards us, but thankfully broke apart and we just got the intense wind over 100 miles per hour and a ton of hail. So glad you made it out ok.


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