Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tornadoes, hail, rain? Thanking God today.

So, unless you live under a rock, I'm sure you heard about the crazy weather in Dallas/Fort Worth yesterday. So, if you stalk me properly, then you know I live just outside of Dallas, right?

Yesterday was a normal day, I played with Ava and worked on pillow orders. I didn't even know that anything was going on until my friend Ryan texted me to ask if I was okay. Okay about what? So I went on FB (am I the only one who gets my news from FB?) and I saw people posting about the weather coming our way. 

We're a one car family, and hubby had the car yesterday, so I was worried about the two older girls getting home from school. So I texted my friend Christy at 2pm (who always drives the girls when it's raining) and asked if she would get Arielle and Jasmin when she picked up her kids. Turns out, she had just picked up her kids (they don't get out of school until 3pm), so she went back inside to get mine. I asked "Are you the only crazy mom up there?" and she said no, the office was packed with parents. The girls were home 5 minutes later. I was so thankful, since the schools went on lock down soon after and they wouldn't release any kids due to the weather. 

So, me, the girl who never turns on the news (it tends to be too depressing), and on every channel was the weather news. 

I mean, seriously, does it not look like someone just threw a bunch of paint on the map? I live between Rockwall and Royse City, which is just to the right of the center of the map. Everything was moving northeast, so we were keeping an eye on the stuff below Dallas.

Hubby had been evacuated to the first floor at his work (he works on the 3rd floor). They were going to hold them there until it was all over. But during a break in the weather, he left and drove the 7 miles home. I was never so thankful than when I heard the garage door open. 

And then the reports of tornadoes started coming in. Two simultaneous tornadoes on the ground. One east of Fort Worth in Arlington, and one south of Dallas in Lancaster. The one in Dallas so was strong that it was picking up ten ton trucks and throwing them hundreds of feet into the air.

So, while that was scary, it was still 45 minutes from us. At that point, we were just getting some bad hail and rain. 

And then this popped up on the news. A tornado touched down in Forney, expected to move northeast towards Rockwall/Fate/Royse City. WHERE I LIVE. The two circles to the left never amounted to anything, thank you God, since that's where my parents live.

So I already had the bathroom stocked with blankets, snacks, drinks, etc. The girls were just hanging out in the bathroom, eating all of the snacks. I kept up with it on Facebook, and thank you God we never got any tornado action. 

So after a bit, it cleared up, I made dinner, the girls played on the Wii. The sky was the weirdest shade of yellow.

On the news and FB this morning, people are posting pics of the damage in Forney. Homes destroyed, but somehow, no deaths. Just minor injuries.

I mean, that's just twenty miles from us. Twenty miles. THIS was twenty miles from us. 

So, this morning, I'm thankful. Thankful that my family went unscathed. Our house went untouched. All of our friends are okay. My parents are okay. 

So no worries, folks. Your super favorite blogger is still around to post mindless dribble for ya. :) 

Thanking God today. 

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Jen said... [Reply to comment]

I was saying prayers for you guys! I was actually watching that weather guy on live from work. I'm in Birmingham,Alabama. Close to Tuscaloosa but after the April we had last year, I'm pretty sure most of us watch most storm systems that could head our general direction. I'm very glad to hear that you and all your people are ok!!!


Pat said... [Reply to comment]

Been watching the news this morning and damage to families and homes in your area is heartbreaking. Living in Maryland, we don't get tornadoes too often, however we had one hit our neighborhood last year in the middle of the night. We had trees snapped off and knocked over but no damage to our home. Others weren't as lucky. So glad you and your family are safe.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said... [Reply to comment]

So scary!!! Glad you guys are ok!! :)

RyTy said... [Reply to comment]

I hate the news too, but I guess it can be helpful in weather warnings. Glad everyone is safe!

Sam | Away She Went said... [Reply to comment]

I'm glad you all are ok!

Queen Aly said... [Reply to comment]

I grew up in Arlington and my dad still lives there so I was glued to the DFW news websites yesterday. I am glad you are ok as well!

Emily said... [Reply to comment]

Glad everyone is okay! I live outside of Dallas in Combine & I'm glad to learn my brothers and parents are ok. We haven't had a tornado like that in awhile!

Ness said... [Reply to comment]

My 6 month pregnant niece texted me from under the stairwell in the Geico building where she works. TG for FB...we had the whole bunch of family and friends praying for all of you. It's a miracle no one was killed. So glad your husband got home safely as well as your children. We will be getting one of those weather radios this weekend.

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

Holy scary! I'm so happy that you all are safe. ♥

╰☆╮Sapphire Ray╰☆╮ said... [Reply to comment]

Glad ya'll are okay!!! I drove those trucks not for the company who's truck yard was demolished but imagining something that weighs so much and you have to have a special license to drive being tossed in the air like match box cars is SCARY!!!