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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wild Weather

Wow. This was a crazy day weather-wise here in Lower Alabama!! We knew we were supposed to get severe thunderstorms, but we got way more than that!

We woke up to overcast skies and knew the rain was on its way. Judy called about 8:30 to let us know their weather radio was warning of some very nasty weather, including possible tornadoes! She said she'd keep us informed as the day wore on. We talked about going to our friends', Ron & Ruth's, house if it got bad.

Well, by 9am, it was on! Judy called to say the weather radio was encouraging people to go to a safe place because there were tornado rotations in the area. You didn't have to tell us twice. The rain hadn't hit yet, but the black clouds told us it wasn't going to be long.

We threw our raincoats on, put Blackie on his leash and off we went. Thankfully, we just had to walk two lots down and we got there just as the skies opened up.

And, boy oh boy, did it rain!! And it thundered. And it lightninged.

For the next two hours, we while away the time with Ron & Ruth, Darrell & Judy and two other couples from the park. It was actually kinda nice.

Wish I'd thought to bring the camera, though, 'cause Ron & Ruth's yard became lakefront property!

About 11am the storm abated to just rain and we all made our way back to our respective homes. We are grateful to Ron & Ruth for their hospitality. God once again provided.

One of the downsides to having satellite TV in an RV is that you don't get local channels. Judy called early this afternoon to let me know that a tornado touched down in Silverhill, the town just 10 miles north of us and where our church is located. It's also where Jim & Susan lives, along with others we know. I immediately began calling around and found out that our friends were okay but there was some home damage and yard damage in town. The worst was one home lost its entire roof. As far as I know, only one person was hurt when his truck was flipped by the tornado. I don't know his condition.

Oh, my. This type of excitement is not the kind I like. I am grateful to God that there wasn't any more destruction. I know that the Mobile/Theodore area was hit kinda hard, too.

We sit here tonight, warm and snug in our RV, thanking God for His protection. This is the kind of weather that is very hazardous to RV living. But, we are safe for now.

Until the next time . . .

4 comments:

  1. We were watching the news tonight and seeing all the bad weather back there. WOW! Glad you are all okay and hope it clears up soon. God Bless.

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  2. Glad you guys are okay! We had similar weather here in NC today, but not so fierce, no tornado warnings or anthing, just rain and wind.

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  3. Get a weatheradio with the built in warning system, we don't leave home without one, The one I have is, battery, solar and it even has a handcrank to charge the battery if you are in a shelter for a long time. I think it was $40 at Radio Shack. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

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  4. Glad all was well with you all. Same kinds of storms here yesterday before we arrived. Slidell, where we are now, actually had a touch down, so we think we are very lucky indeed.

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