Friday, April 10, 2009

Our Day Off

Today Cooper and I were out of school/off work. We planned to have lunch with Allison and we stopped by my mom's office on the way. The visit was good and we got to see many of the people my mom works with, including Wanda, one of my mom's best friends, and her daughter and two granddaughters. I have known them since I was about 10 years old because I played baseball with Wanda's son, Derrick. After that we went on into downtown to see Allison. When we got there we me a few people Allison is working on a particular case with and then went to get lunch. We got cheeseburgers and took them back to her office.

As we were eating we were watching the weather, as Allison had gotten an e-mail that bad weather was moving in and would be in Nashville in about an hour. As we were eating we knew things were getting bad and then the tornado sirens started sounding. When then happened Cooper and I left her office and headed home. On the way home I realized that we were actually heading right into the worst part of the storms. As we approached our exit on the interstate it started raining really hard and even started hailing some. The hail got much worse the closer we got to home and we made it into the garage just as it got really big and started coming down really hard. Cooper and I ran inside, turned on the weather and got in a closet because there were tornado warnings in our area and the weather men were saying take cover. As I listened through the door and checked my phone for updates I could tell the worst part was not coming at us. We got out of the closet and I watched the T.V. to see what was happening. As I was watching a tornado touched down about 15 miles southeast of our house. Actually, my brother and dad saw it cross a few miles from them and got a picture of it on their cell phone. Sadly two people were killed and another 13 were injured.

I have always been fascinated by the weather. I blogged about it several months ago. I learned today, however, that my fascination ends when my family is involved. That is the first time that I have been in a situation like that with Cooper. Seeing all of the damage and hearing the stories from people who were in its path really makes me thankful that we weren't closer. It also makes me thankful for the job our local weather people, including the ones that I watched, do. If it weren't for them I am sure more people would have been hurt or possibly killed. Thanks again to Lelan Statom and Charlie Neese. You guys provide Nashville and the middle Tennessee area with so much valuable information.

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