Saturday, July 18, 2009

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

I feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. We are in the midst of a terrific storm. Thunder. Lightening. Winds. Rain. Hail. Power outages.

It was very hot today, then the sun went away and the sky started to crack. Abby Dog went crazy and was literally trying to climb the walls. Derby didn't mind it too much. I ran outside to rescue my tomato and zucchini plants (good thing they're in pots) and put them in the front porch. I really thought the wind might pick me up!

The sky was a strange shade of orangey-grey. I didn't see any funnel clouds, but the conditions were definitely right for a tornado.


Mr. P wouldn't let me go back outside to check on Bettie (my car) or take pictures. Bummer. But he's got more common sense than I do so...
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We had no power for about an hour and a half. It's back on for now and the wind has calmed a bit, but there's still rain and thunder and lightning.
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Mr. P has gone to pick up the OnlyChild who went to a movie with a friend tonight. I'm sitting in the front porch listening to the radio online and the sirens from across the city, and watching cars zoom up our little, narrow one-way street. You'd think the weather would slow them down, but no. I'm hearing reports of all the damage in the city - traffic lights out, trees down, fires. The exhibition and fair are going on a few blocks away from where we live and someone phoned into the radio station to report that one of the concession stands caught on fire. Right now a farmer is talking to the radio host - the roof blew off his barn and he can't find his cows!
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This is crazy. If you don't hear from me tomorrow, I probably blew away and ended up in Oz.

8 comments:

tango's trash & treasures said...

Hoping your safe!! Auntie Em, Auntie Em!!

Pat said...

Don't you know you should have your computer OFF (and, if possible, even disconnected from the power source) during a lightning storm???? Hubby used to work for Rutgers University and was responsible for their computers all over the state and I can't tell you how many were damaged by being in use during such storms. Our systems in the house here get put OFF in bad storms....and many times he even cuts the power to them while the storm is raging. (I even disconnect my computerized sewing machine during bad storms.....not worth the risk of having to repair or replace it if it gets zapped!) So....silly girl....please be careful during storms, okay?

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Oh, my gosh! I hope you'll be safe.

Della said...

Hope you and yours are safe and your town survived without too much damage.

pattyruth14 said...

Hope your safe!Don't let them get "you my pretty!"

PunkiePie said...

Oh boy! Sounds like you all had a wild ride!

redgeraniumcottage said...

OMG hang on tight!!!!

goldenbird said...

That sounds both scary and exciting. I've never experienced a tornado or the preceding conditions-- your description really made it sound ominous. I glanced at your next post so I know you made it through-- I'm going to read it now and find out what happened. I hope there wasn't too much loss.