Pretty intense moments as a tornado touched down 4 miles from my house Wednesday early evening.
I had picked my son up from wrestling practice at 5:30pm and headed home. A tornado watch had been in effect for the past 30 minutes or so and sirens were blaring. When we reached the end of the school driveway I could see a huge dark area of the sky to the south. It was massive. I wanted to get home.
As we drove the 2 miles to get home I kept looking in all directions. At this time the radio announced that radar confirmed a tornado touched down just south of us. It was raining hard – but nothing out of the ordinary. That cloud continued to catch my eye with its darkness and mass.
As soon as we pulled up I realized my wife and youngest son was not home. She was picking my 8 year old up from dance class. I told my 12 year old he needed to help clear a spot in the garage for my wife’s SUV. We got out of my Ford P.O.S. and went in the house and into the garage. I opened the main door and looked and listened. That cloud was still there and clearly trouble. We made the space just as my wife pulled up. She drove in and we went inside.
Within 15 minutes everything had passed. It was then we started hearing news stories of the damage – and possible deaths and injuries. A man was found in a field by a neighbor searching through the rubble which was once peoples homes and property. The mans wife was missing – and was later found deceased.
My wife went with a friend to the area damaged. She said she has never seen anything like it. She went to deliver some help – including some packs of water bottles from our supplies.
To be honest with you – when I heard the tornado touched down to close – I felt naked. All my preps and supplies would do absolutely no good if we received a direct hit. Luckily we and my neighborhood are fine. My wife and I talked and will be donating more supplies. The local donation center for this disaster said the outpouring f help has been amazing. It makes me proud to be an American that people can come together in times of trouble. I just wish they would do it in normal times as well.
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Take care all-