The Stress of a Warning

@DianneN (57252)
United States
January 16, 2016 8:43am CST
We had nothing but tornado warnings, high winds, and torrential downpours, yesterday here in sunny Florida. Our local TV station kept us updated to the minute, and my phone sent me alerts not to leave the house. Fortunately, no tornado hit us, but the high winds and downpours arrived the minute the reports said they would. I noticed that there were no birds out and about, except one poor ibis. This stressed me so much. He huddled on a fence through the worst of it. No one warned him! Do you feel concerned for animals during bad weather?
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@jaboUK (49988)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 16
Animals seem to be pretty hardy for the most part, far more than us. Sorry you are having such dreadful weather, but at least the tornado missed you.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
It passed. It is so nice today, that the pool is calling me!
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@jaboUK (49988)
• United Kingdom
16 Jan 16
@DianneN Oh good! Enjoy.
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• United States
16 Jan 16
@DianneN enjoy your sunshine and the pool
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@JolietJake (39527)
16 Jan 16
We get several a year here (warnings and watches) but January is a strange time for them to happen...bothers me a bit more than when we get them in the regular 'season' when we expect them a bit.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
They frighten me more than a hurricane, monsoon, or earthquake, all of which I have been in. I'm in Florida for the winter and don't know what a typical season is like down here.
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@JolietJake (39527)
16 Jan 16
@DianneN I'm southern Illinois, seems like we get them every other week in warmer weather, but we had one in December and one in January so far...weather has been a bit unpredictable
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
@JolietJake El NiƱo is to blame for everyone's crazy weather this year.
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@gr8nana6 (2251)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I worry about them yes, but they do know how to take care of themselves. I'm glad that the bad weather is behind you.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
17 Jan 16
I also feel for animals they really pass through alot
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
17 Jan 16
It seems that many do.
• United States
16 Jan 16
On the news they were showing how bad the weather in Florida was and a plane that was caught in the turbulence and injured passengers. Pretty scary when you get tornado warnings,etc but thankfully nothing came of it.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
Thankfully!!! I didn't know about the plane. Yikes!
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@marlina (60526)
• Canada
16 Jan 16
So glad that no tornados came. It must be extremely stressing to constantly hear this on the radio or seeing warnings on the TV.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
It was awful, but cleared up immediately after it passed.
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@mommaj (22772)
• United States
16 Jan 16
Most animals can feel the storm coming, the drop in air pressure or something. I am on the east coast of central florida and it completely missed us. My mother in law called this morning asking if we got any rain or high winds. We didn't. It was closer to Miami from what she said. I haven't even watched the news yet. LOL Glad you were safe and fared well.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
You were so lucky. The Treasure coast and Palm Beach County had it bad, but no damage. Wouldn't want those mansions along the coast to fall into the Atlantic. Lol!
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@mommaj (22772)
• United States
16 Jan 16
@DianneN LOL. We couldn't have that, now could we. LOL I'm sorry, but after living down here for so long, you know hurricanes hit down through there and the water blows in on some of those houses Why would you want to live there (right against the coast)? LOL I'd be worried about waking up in the ocean. LOL
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
19 Jan 16
@mommaj I can swim.
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@bluesa (11773)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Jan 16
I do, Dianne, I get totally stressed out for animals, I always worry that they do not have safe shelter. I hope the ibis was okay! And I am glad there was no tornado @DianneN . Have a safe and good weekend further!
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
That's because we are true blue animal lovers! How was your mother's birthday party? Was your cake lopsided as mine are? Lol!
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@bluesa (11773)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Jan 16
@DianneN , that is true, love them to bits :-). Ha ha, the cake came out fine thank goodness, I have had some cake disasters, leaving out sugar once, it was awful :-D. Moms party was fab and two of my friends, too much champagne was had by everyone, I got the giggles, not good :-).
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
@bluesa Giggles are very good in my book! I'm expecting to giggle a lot tonight. Lol! Hope your mom got some giggles, too. Moms deserve them!
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Jan 16
Hercules, our sheep, usually runs for his shed when the weather starts to get rough. Luckily this doesn't happen often.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
He is smart! Most animals use instinct in these situations, but this jerk of a beautiful bird must lack common sense!
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@JudyEv (96294)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Jan 16
@DianneN If he is too stupid, he'll not survive and his (defective) genes won't be passed on.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
17 Jan 16
LOL!
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@TheHorse (51359)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Jan 16
When I lived in Chicago, I was pretty young, so the tornado warnings always kind of excited me. I worry about domestic animals, but I always assume the wild ones are programmed to "do the right thing" when conditions get harsh. I wonder why the poor ibis wasn't warned.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I know how excited kids and adults get by tornadoes, but to me they are so devastating. All the buzzards, pelicans, ospreys, and other birds took shelter. Go figure. He was fine after the storm passed.
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@TheHorse (51359)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Jan 16
@DianneN Glad he survived it OK. I wonder why he stayed and the others left.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
@TheHorse I wish I knew. He didn't tell me! I even opened my window and tried to get him inside, but the rain was in his eyes and ears. Lol! Poor baby.
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@wiLLmaH (8167)
• Singapore, Singapore
16 Jan 16
Oh yeah. Whenver there is a heavy downpour and winds I am keep thinking where are the birds hiding?
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I do, too. Poor little birds and animals.
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@wiLLmaH (8167)
• Singapore, Singapore
17 Jan 16
@DianneN maybe I need to go through National Geographic archives to check if they answer on my question. :)
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@LadyDuck (118120)
• Switzerland
16 Jan 16
Oh poor thing, yes I feel concerned about animals during bad weather. I have arranged several areas in the garden where the birds can hide when the weather is too harsh.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
You are terrific to do that, Anna. Bless you!
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@LadyDuck (118120)
• Switzerland
17 Jan 16
@DianneN I cannot see them looking around in search of water and food. Even this morning I went out with hot water to defrost their bird bath.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21253)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I am glad that your okay.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
17 Jan 16
So am I!!! Thanks.
• United States
16 Jan 16
I think that animals do far better in bad weather than we do. They have natural instincts that protect them for the most part. We are supposedly smarter, and yet we need more technology and science and studies, etc., than they do to know how to act and react in natural conditions.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I totally agree! My favorite bird here is an osprey. I know pretty much everything about him and his family except their mating season down here in my location. He just flew by my window and peeked in. Now he is calling to his sons from his favorite palm frond. Love him! I was so worried about him during the storm.
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@Platespinner (18055)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
16 Jan 16
I tend to worry more about my children and my house during bad weather. A couple of years ago a micro burst took out three huge hickories across the street from us narrowly missing a house and two cars. If one of the big trees in our front yard were to come down, odds are they's go right through our great room. When the weather is truly bad and the wind is howling I generally retreat to the back of the house.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I know exactly what you mean about your kids and your house. After all, I raised two sons and now have grandchildren that I constantly worry about - it's in my blood, but that's another story. We had all the huge and some dying trees removed from striking distance around our home up north. A friend's pregnant daughter was killed, while driving, by a falling tree. Just awful! We go to our basement in CT, but in FL, we were told to keep away from windows. Our guest bathroom is the best down here. And I do feel so bad for the precious animals.
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@jstory07 (57118)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Jan 16
I feel story for any animal that is out in the cold.
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@Hatley (157448)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Jan 16
Most animals and birds are rather instinc tive of vbad weather odd this one fellw s cauht l ke that sad.
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@Juliaacv (21955)
• Canada
16 Jan 16
Usually animals chatter amongst themselves when there is bad weather coming. I know that I have heard the birds do it in our area lots of times. That poor bird, I hope that he is all right now that the bad weather has passed.
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• Dayton, Ohio
17 Jan 16
I do worry for critters, but most of them seem to know what to do. I hope you stay safe through the season.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
18 Jan 16
Thank you, and same to you.
@paigea (21000)
• Canada
17 Jan 16
I think of the wild animals in the harsh weather. Somehow they survive!
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
17 Jan 16
I hope they do!
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@AnneEJ (5118)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Jan 16
Sorry you are getting such nasty weather, and I do feel sorry for the wild life when weather is bad. I have been watching a couple of squirrels running around on our lawn in the snow, but it is not that cold here today.
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@DianneN (57252)
• United States
16 Jan 16
That storm cleared out as soon as it passed through, thank goodness. Today made up for it. I hope your squirrels remember where they hid their food!
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