Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pass the Prozac.

Can I just say that I hate nights like this?? I was hoping that, in moving to Tennessee, we'd be leaving behind the tornadoes and stuff. Apparently I was wrong. We're in between "supercells" now, and the TV crews are reporting on all the damages and injuries that these storms have already caused. My parents live 12 miles from here, and just south of them was a tornado - both radar-indicated and visualized - that's now headed straight for Nashville. The first storm pretty much bypassed us, and it looks like we'll only have a glancing blow from the next one.

And then, to the west of us about a hundred miles, is big, thick line of angry reds and deep purples. A solid line. Did I mention it's a thick line? That line isn't going to miss us. It's going to hit us. In an hour or so. Yikes.


We have discovered that our town does, in fact, have tornado sirens. Or maybe that should be singular, siren. We live less than a mile from the two schools in town, the fire department, and city hall - and yet we could barely hear the tornado siren. We live directly across from the elementary school - wouldn't ya think they'd put a siren near the school?? I sure would.

I have always had a fear of thunderstorms. I spent many a summer night tucked under my Dad's arm in bed, convinced that the lightning was going to shoot through the window and set the bed on fire. Or the wind was going to blow the roof off. Or other such calamities. The advent of easily available radar has really helped my fear of storms...except on nights like this, when I have so much to look forward to...

Here's to a sleepless night. Hope things are calm where you are.

5 comments:

Nichole said...

Things are calm here tonight, but we're just down the road from your supercells. I'm hoping they fade away before they get to us!

We'll be praying for you tonight!

Sandi said...

Sorry, Jeni -- I hate tornados -- after growing up in Searcy. We had plenty of them growing up (and while in college!). Hope you get some rest!

Tiffany said...

Jeni, I hope you all came through last night unscathed! I understand your fear of storms. I have always been the same way.

Queen B said...

I hope y'all are ok! Did any of the storms hit close to you?

stephanieshearer said...

Jeni, my Mom told me about your blog after Evette passed away. I grew up in Pegram and my parents still go to church there. I was so nervous when I saw the storms heading for Pegram! I'm terrified of storms! My husband wast trying to talk me into taking one of my pills I had for my first flight in October to calm me down! We live in Cookeville, so it wasn't as bad here, but there were definitely a lot of prayers going up for Pegram last night!!