Tornado in TownPosted: June 2, 2011 | Author: Jena | Filed under: Community, Working Together | 3 Comments »
Around 9am, a friend informed me that there might be some tornado warnings for our area.
We all said, “What?!” It just seemed like a crazy joke, tornado in New England? You Wacky Weather Man.
We went about our day…shopping for J’s birthday party, running around the yard, swimming in the kiddy pool, lunch, naps.
Around 5, we can hear thunder in the distance. We’re going to a friend’s house for dinner, so we marinade some pork, skewer it up and make a nice aluminum package of peppers, sweet potato, mango, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, salt and oil to pop on the grill, thinking we’ll have a great thunder storm. I even thought to bring out our copy of Thunder Cake and You are My Sunshine to read to the kids.
Around 5:30, we’re running out to the grill in the rain to flip the food. We have a great meal. At 7, we head back home to put the kids to bed and get the message loud and clear that there’s been some damage on our road. There are “Road Closed” signs.
Leaves are plastered to our house, the power is out, but everything else is great. No damage. We’re calling all our relatives who have left messages warning us of the tornado coming. As Big K stands in the driveway, someone stops and tells us to get in our basement because another cell is coming. We all gather in the basement, storm passes.
We go back to our friends house for a basement sleepover, they haven’t lost power.
This is the scene that we wake up to further up the hill on our street, when we drive around to see the damage. 10 houses up the hill from ours, houses were in disrepair. Tree trucks were everywhere, the smell of freshly cut trees and chain saw gas in the air. Police helped to organize the chaos and electric company trucks where making a caravan up the hill. We’re told we won’t have power for a couple of days. We’re hoping for sooner.
A neighbor tells me the next morning that all the doors slammed in her house right before the tornado, sounding like a plane flying really low over her house, the sky was kelly green.
So lucky to have not been seriously disturbed by this natural disaster and to have friends that will help support us when we need a little hand. Thanks for the meals and beds H family and thanks to the T family for housing our party food in your extra fridge. Thanks to all the friends and family that checked in on us and offered so much comfort. We live in such a great community. Lots of Love.