Thursday, May 26, 2011
was it a tornado?
County, police scanner reports around stated that a tornado touched down” Severe thunderstorm hits Cumberland Cumberland County
Just about that time, I was pulling up under the porte cochere of Patti’s care facility as all hell broke loose. Wind and rain blew so hard horizontally that cover meant nothing. Hail began to pound the rear window so hard I fully expected it to burst especially as hail grew to the size of jawbreakers. One extraordinary burst of wind briefly lifted the rear of our van and we watched pieces of the porte cochere blow off and disappear into the maelstrom of rain, hail, and wind in front of us. Power inside the facility failed and soon weighted outdoor furniture and trash cans were blowing by. With a loud crack the facility sign joined the casualties.
How nothing hit our wheelchair van is beyond me but I am grateful. When wind slowed enough to open my door without it being ripped off I pried open the once automatic doors of the facility to see what was happening inside.
Not only was power out but back up generator had blown. Staff was executing tornado emergency procedures and getting everyone into wheelchairs and into halls away from windows until tornado warning was lifted.
Determining that we had power at home, I slalomed home on roads littered with trees, tree branches, puddles more suitable for boating than driving, and void of operable traffic signals. Emergency vehicles screamed in all directions.
Around the care facility called to inform me the tornado watch was lifted, emergency generator was working and full power was expected by .
No guarantee our home power would stay on with more thunderstorms forecasted overnight, so we slalomed back.
Was it a tornado? I don’t think so. We lived through an F3 tornado in
in 2001 that killed 2, injured 50, and left a 17 mile path of destruction. I’ll never forget the sound of a tornado, like trains racing from all directions. College Park, MD
All safe – that’s the only thing that really matters.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
web site: caregivinglyyours.com
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