Saturday, May 03, 2008

My First Tornado

Rikki already posted the cool pictures and told the majority of the story. I had just come back from a meeting in Virginia Beach and was filling the car at a gas station on base when the sirens went off. The other person in the opposite lane filling up their car looked at me and we both shrugged. I continued pumping gas. A few seconds later the rain slowed down a little bit, the sky became darker and the wind started gusting oddly. I was partially shielded by the hobby shop but looking across the street I saw a swirling of the rain and suddenly a huge piece of tin turned into a projectile went flying. Several trees were blown over and a tractor trailer container in the parking lot was flipped. I finished up pumping gas, jumped in the car, and drove home to find Rikki in the closet. The siren went off a few more times. But, nothing serious. Our house is a mult-family complex, two story brick, 1940's construction so we are about as safe as we can be. Watching the weathermen on TV was funny, no one knew the last time a Tornado had hit the area. Our luck with natural disasters is uncanny. Everyone should prepare for the "big one" once we move out to California.

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