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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

An Exciting Night...

An apparent tornado touched down directly behind my house tonight (literally just one block away), causing damage, but thankfully no injuries.

I was blissfully unaware...having heard there was a severe t-storm warning, so I'd turned off the TV and put on my headset to listen to the radio...and was knitting on Star of Evening.

Something, I don't know what, caused me to turn the radio off. And I decided to see what was on the TV. Lo and behold? Funnel clouds? And as more and more reports came in, and's not official, but there's really no doubt, it was a tornado. We'll know for sure tomorrow.

Many years ago, when I was a child, I was told that tornados do not touch down in the bowl that is the Roanoke Valley - that if one ever did, it would spin round and round till it wore itself out (impressionable child that I was, I believed this).

Not true. But the fact is, tornados only rarely hit Roanoke City proper. The last was in the 1970s. And now tonight. I'm not sure what I'll find when I venture off my hill and in to the office tomorrow...

I don't envy anyone who lives in Tornado Alley. This is frightening enough - and it probably was just a "baby" tornado...

I'm really glad I was successfully caught up in the knit! And that it wasn't more severe...


Blogger Unknown said...

We were on the Expressway and saw it form and touch on the west side of the Expressway. It was a scary thing. I wasn't here for the one in '74. Glad of it. Also glad you and the girls are OK.

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm shaking for you! Do you have a basement?

6:41 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Glad that you escaped unharmed!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen Dagorielle said...

Wow! Glad you, the cats and the house are okay. :) Nature can be so beautiful one moment and totally fierce the next!

10:54 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

EEK! I'm so glad you're okay!

10:54 AM  
Blogger kat said...

yikes so close! glad you are fine. we are in for another bout of severe weather here tomorrow...

6:57 PM  
Blogger IndigoMuse said...

I still can't believe that a tornado touched down in the Noke. This weather has been very interesting this year. Glad that you're safe and sound.

10:15 PM  
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