Saturday, March 15, 2008

It's Been a Tense Morning Around Here...

Having weathered the storm, and having gotten power back - we decided to venture out in search of breakfast.
(I didn't feel like facing the fridge/freezer to determine if stuff was or was not safe to eat after being without power all night...)

We took a slight detour to check out Cabbagetown, and it was hit much harder than I would have imagined. Downtown is getting virtually all of the media coverage - and to a degree I suspect that is due to a bunch of journalists being down there to cover the SEC March Madness stuff, kind of like the huge LA earthquake that coincided with the World Series many, many years back.

So - it was a little bit shocking to see just how hard Cabbagetown was hit, and it really reinforced just how fickle tornadoes can be. There would be houses that were utterly devastated next to homes that suffered nary a scratch.

We then went and had a leisurely breakfast. Sigh. I might have been a bit cranky due to not much sleep last night, but it seems that wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed by a big cup of grits and a country ham biscuit. (Yup, I'm a Southern pup through and through...)

We returned home to have several worried sounding voice mails - "Where are you? There's supposed to be another tornado between 1 and 1:15! We hope you're somewhere safe. If you get this message, you need to get somewhere safe and soon!"

A quick look at the clock informed us that it was 12:50. We needed to figure out what was going on and where. We spent a tense 45 minutes or so glued to the television, where we found much normal programming set aside in order to cover the storms. To make a long story short, there were some horrible storms, but all north of us. I do hope that everyone out there fared as well as we did last night...

Seems all storms have left the area and/or have dissipated. And I don't know about y'all, but I am wore out.

And I am so, so, so thankful that Bubba and Schecky's camping trip got canceled for this weekend! I can't even imagine how frantic I would be if we hadn't all been together....
(and it goes without saying that I would like to take back any and all crabbing that I may have done when I learned that their trip was canceled! I am no longer mourning the loss of my "all alone" weekend, and it seems petty and small that I felt that way at all!)

And let me reiterate just how grateful I am to all the people who called us, and all who emailed to inquire as to how we were. I'm feeling awful loved today....





Some Cabbagetown pictures:



5 comments:

Sarah and Jack said...

Glad you guys are alive and well.

Tornado season is just starting up here, and I have a feeling it's gonna be a nasty year. (We had virtually nothing last year. Not even one single siren, which is very unusual.)

Big Pissy said...

We might have seen y'all on the road. I have some of those same pictures.

and i know exactly what you mean about Cabbagetown..... :(

normanack said...

I'm so glad you're okay. Tornadoes are hell.
I live in tornado country and have grown inured to the countless alarms over the years. Until a few months ago, when a tornado hit just a few miles from our home. I've done the basement routine many times in my life, but this one was for real. (We're fine. No damage. But two people died.)
Scary, scary stuff. I hope all the affected areas around you are rebuilt quickly, and that everyone is okay.

Gotta Knit! said...

you got some good shots in Cabbagetown.

Jodi said...

What a mess. Thanks for sharing the photos.