I’m writing this tonight (Wednesday) but you’ll see it tomorrow morning (Thursday).
I’m always the one who is the chicken and making Vince and Chad go to the basement. Vince had a meeting at work tonight and I was sitting upstairs minding my own business. Chad, who always complains when I make us all go to the basement, called from school and said “MOM! Get in the basement . . there’s a bad storm coming your way in about an hour!”. The weather hadn’t gotten real bad yet and Vince got home and said “Why aren’t you in the basement?” and insisted we rush to the basement so . . the night before I leave on a trip when I have a million things to be doing, I’m sitting downstairs, waiting for the storm to pass.
To complicate matters, the closest TV station is in Joplin and their tower was taken out with the tornado/storms last Friday so we were getting feed from a Springfield station but that has stopped and we now have a screen that says “Technical Difficulties”. Really? Guess it doesn’t really matter because we’ve lost the satellite now.
The city will sound the tornado sirens when it’s time to run to the concrete room so we’re still safe (I hope). I actually think the worst of it is going to stay at least 10 miles south of us but with tornadoes, 10 miles is too close for comfort. 80 mile per hour winds, tennis ball size hail . . please stay at least 10 miles south of me!
What do you grab and bring with you to the basement when you know there are already tornadoes on the ground with this storm? Most of the time I’m more prepared but tonight I wasn’t. We grab heavy shoes (in case the house falls apart and there are exposed nails . . like we’ll be needing shoes .. always trying to be optimistic); car keys (don’t ask me why I brought those . . the car would probably be gone or have the garage roof down on it); purse with wallet/cash, camera, cell phone, flashlight . . that’s all I can remember.
Vince decided he had a few minutes to spare so he ran upstairs to take a shower. My luck, as soon as I got buck naked, the walls would fall. I’ll just wait on my shower!
I’d really like to get to bed early tonight but that may not happy if Mother Nature keeps up this party.