Well, we are all ok, but I have to say, after I put it all together, I think I experienced first hand my first tornado in many, many years …….
I dropped Zach off at youth Conference. Becca came along to go to JoAnn's Fabric. I sent her in and was going to rest for a few minutes from an already pretty awful day. I heard on the radio a tornado was sighted just north of downtown FW.
I got out of the car and watched the sky…. the clouds all rolled together and were forming into a v-like shape… . I was hearing an eerie sound. I kept thinking is that a siren? or a train? and the noise got louder and louder like surround sound. I thought that’s kind of like what people always say about tornados ‘ They sound like freight trains. I was thinking hmmm….. I guess that’s what they mean , wow they’re exactly right! The wind is just whipping… I have always loved to be out in high winds like on high hills or a bluff. I guess it is like a speed boat.. I watched a grocery cart flip side over side and debris lift off the ground.
A woman came up to me and asked ‘I’m not from here, what do you do w/o basements? where should I go? What should I do? I said well, stay away from windows, go in the hall, or at the very least go in low-lying areas. I was so calm I grew up in Ohio where tornados were common I never had to experience any ill effects but they were a common occurrence.. I guess I should have been afraid. … I don’t think I developed a healthy fear, because they were so common, but when the debris started to blow in in my eyes and I saw the fastest moving cloud I have ever seen, I p/u up the cart from Ross and pulled it into JoAnn’s w/me.
The hail started instantaneously pounding on the metal roof. They were golf ball and small tennis ball sized. As I was going in, Employees were running to the doors closing and locking them not letting us leave..
We bought lots of fleece on sale for the Humanitarian project at church.. But our phones didn’t work and everyone was almost instantly like family all kind, helpful and had a were all in this together like attitude. So it wasn’t unpleasant but when we drove home 3hrs later (we just waited for Zach at that point) I couldn’t see to change lanes ..... I then saw the mirror on the van all broken and shattered I guessfrom the hail. I am anxious to see the rest of the van since it was dark and rainy.. So was it a tornado?
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