Well, we made it another week. 🙂
Tornadoes ripped across Minnesota on last Thursday evening, killing at least two people and injuring dozens more as homes were flattened, trees toppled and a gas station destroyed in the town of Wadena, MN.
This is something that some people get a kick out of, an adrenaline rush. I am not in that category, in any way! I grew up in Sacramento, with the worst natural disasters being earthquakes. In the 16 years I lived there I only felt one small shake. It was more like, I was a little off balance for a second. The threat of them is scary because they come with zero warning, so in that respect I suppose tornadoes are a bit easier to deal with, I guess! I’ve seen the damage they both are capable of. There is no earthquake season though, like there is here for tornadoes. It is the one single thing I absolutely hate about summer. To be 100% honest, until last Thursday I did underestimate the fear a tornado can cause. They never came close to us, only threatened to.
Thursday was too close for me. I am still thinking about it. I still have a hard time going to sleep, and the threat of more is surly to come.
Bailey had a baseball game scheduled for that evening. All day, the news was reporting a recipe for dangerous storms. It was about 5pm and the boys headed to the field. I still hadn’t gotten an email from the coach regarding a cancellation, and if my son was going to be out there during this, I was heading up there also. I’d never put my child in danger, we quickly realized this storm was heading our way and it was not pretty. I headed home, hoping the hail wouldn’t break the windshield. I gathered all my animals and headed to the laundry room (in the basement.) Jason had a truck full of kids, some of the parents dropped their kids off and left. So he waited for them and headed home. One his way home, he called me. The words, “it’s right over the house” will never leave my mind. I keep replaying in my head. Once I had Bailey and Jason home, I felt a little more at ease. That feeling is like no other, and I hope that I never have to go through that again…but chances are, we will.
This YouTube video was taken right down the road from where I live. This is the funnel cloud that went over my house. We believe, had that lake not been there, it would have picked up and done major damage to our neighborhood.
And here are some pictures that helps tell the story. It could have been so much worse, but I feel horrible for the ones that lost loved ones that day, and their homes.