Scary Weather!!!

@rosey3223 (1569)
United States
February 7, 2008 10:53am CST
Early yesterday morning I got to encounter my first scare of nasty storms. I moved to Alabama a year ago this month, and before I moved I was warned that there would be a possibility of a tornado, but so far so good...until last night!! It was about 4 in the morning and because I have a newborn my sleep schedule is messed up, and BECAUSE I was up, I was able to see some lightning activity through our windows...but I thought nothing of it. Well, I go to throw some soda cans outside and to my disbelief the sky was lit up every second with lightning with the wind whipping around, and soon to follow, for the first time, I was able to hear the sirens for a tornado. Oh...My...GOSH!! I immediately ran back in the house and woke my fiance up to inform him of what was going on...I was truly scared!! We turned the channel to watch the approaching weather and it was PURPLE on the screen!! And then we find out that our county was right there under the purple meaning that we were in the warning for a tornado. I don't know if anyone can tell, but I've never experienced a tornado and would LOVE to keep it that way!! So here both of us are running back and forth from the t.v to the front door to witness first hand what was going on and in the mean time trying to come up with a plan because we have three kids and NO basement. Outside it was awful!! Rain pouring down so hard that you can barely see the outside lights!! Wind whipping so bad that it is forcing the rain into us as we are watching this. Then all of a sudden...dead calm. I FREAKED because I was told that besides hail, that was a way to tell that a tornado was forming...the calm before all hell breaks loose!!! Thankfully it didn't!! So about 20 minutes goes by and the storm is about over, but on t.v there is a hole in the storm and that part was over us, so we were not in the clear...more was on it's way...GREAT!! By now my oldest is awake crying because he was scared out of his mind (poor baby), and the second round was about to start. This time it was worse than the first!! The rain was thicker, wind was harder, lightning was everywhere and a few bolts touched ground. Then all went calm again!! You could actually see the funnel cloud that was looming just a few miles away. Thankfully, I did not get to experience a tornado last night and I thank God for that!! But I know that others were not so lucky!! 55 people died from this storm and there were a total of about 40 tornadoes reported. It did not hit just Alabama, no, it hit Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and other states. They say that "it was the nation's deadliest barrage of twisters in 23 years"!! Here is the article if you care to read. If you care to respond that is fine, I just wanted to share this with you. http://apnews.myway.com//article/20080207/D8UL9TU80.html
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@babykeka80 (2004)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I grew up in Florida so crazy weather is second nature to me. Last February we had a tornado rip through about 2blocks from my house. It killed 19 people. We have always had bad afternoon storms, tornados and hurricanes here. It was a real wakeup call for me though because I didnt even know the thing had went through until the next morning when I got up with my husband to go to work. It is definitely a scary feeling. Luckily you and your family are safe.
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
7 Feb 08
It is scary!! Living in Az and TX, you rarely come across tornadoes so this was my first experience with it! I lived in Jacksonville for a little bit!! We were there long enough to experience the first part of hurricane season, and that also scared me!! Once, we caught the end of a little hurricane and my ex calls me outside to look at the clouds. When I did, there was a swirl forming in the clouds right above us!! I grabbed what I could SO fast...and all my ex did was laugh at me. I don't take storms of that kind lightly!!
• United States
7 Feb 08
The clouds swirl like that in a hurricane. Its funny that you are like that though. It has just become such second nature to me that I just react and dont even think twice. Hopefully you wont have to experience it again. EVER!
• United States
7 Feb 08
That must have been a terrifying experience for you. I can relate as I know when I experienced my first hurricane...no power, no phone, no basement, and the eye of the storm is just a break before it swings around again. I was scared sily! We were without our utilities for 10 days.
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@rosey3223 (1569)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Wow, that must have been awful for you!! I can't imagine being without electricity for a DAY!! But at least you were/are ok!!