I love April Showers… however we have had a series of severe weather problems in my area for the past few weeks. Tons of rain and hail. A couple of days ago we had a tornado rip through the St. Louis area, and trash the airport and destroy many homes all in the area where I grew up.
The last big tornado to hit St. Louis was in 1967. I was just three years old but I remember vividly the sound it made and the fact that my parents had us in the center hallway of the house. My dad pulled the mattress off of the bed and we huddled under it- as we had no basement. That storm blew out all the windows in our house in Bridgeton and took the roof off the house next door. My parents are still surprised that I remember what they said to each other in the middle of the tornado. I was only three, but some things stay with you.
Friday’s storms traveled a very similar route. While at my house we had tornado sirens blaring, thunder, lightning, hail and torrential rain. I checked on all of our adult kids via cell phone, told them to be ready to take cover at their own apartments and watched the clouds roll and circulate past our neighborhood and then move on to the north and the east. I said to my husband. “Oh, damn, that’s nasty. Somebody is going to get hit today.” Then the hail started and we both moved back from the windows and went to the center of our home and waited. Oh and before anyone asks, yes we were prepared to take shelter, and no we do not have a basement.
We lost power at the height of the storms, but it was back on within an hour. The next morning, I went out in the daylight to see if the car or the gardens had sustained any damage-- and other than a few holes in the leaves of the hostas- we came through amazingly well.
Blessed be, Ellen