Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Weathering the Storm

We've had lots of weather this evening—most of it rain, thunder and lightning. A little hail, but not much. I'm afraid that other folks weren't as lucky as we were.

Mainly we watched TV reports about our area being under a tornado warning. Twice. Both times, the tornado activity came from the south, veered a bit east, and missed us.

For a couple of hours we stayed downstairs. A neighbor couple and their yorkie joined us.

We saw some impressive lightning shows to our south, where a tornado is reported to have touched down near the Martinsville airport. TV news showed maps with tornado icons in various places around us. We heard a lot of thunder and pounding rain. We expected the worst and didn't get it.

We were lucky.



Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Take a ride down the road on 40 and look at the white farmhouse next to the pond--a tornado went right through there. Must have went right over me and you. We ARE lucky.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Amy Hanek said...

Our baseball game was cancelled. I was pretty glad it didn't get any worse than thunder and lightening. We didn't even lose the cable on TV.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

All right, ladies. I heard all of this the following day. We watch satellite tv at night and therefore get no warnings. I'm wondering if there are any sirens that would go off in my area in an emergency? I'm doubting it, but we did hear the Ferrum College sirens a few months back when they had their incident...

My kids thought we'd left tornados behind in Colorado. They are not thrilled about the recent weather happenings here, and don't seem to believe my (hopeful) reassurances that we're tucked pretty close up to the mountains in Callaway...

11:45 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

I don't know that Franklin County has any warning sirens. We watched regular TV, and all three local channels carried plenty of info. Plus, my husband (the HAM radio operator) had his weather scanner tuned to a particular frequency and the guy who sought shelter in our basement works in public safety and had his county-issued radio, so we were pretty well covered. Plus we could see the direction the lightning strikes were moving.

When the TV news announced that Peckerwood Level was a prime target, we got a little worried. That's only a couple of miles south.

Kristin, you weren't here when the jet fighter plane crashed in Callaway, were you? If I remember correctly, that was the same year the bear wandered into Franklin Memorial Hospital. See, there are other things to worry about rather than tornados.

10:44 AM  

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