As I got in the JEEP to head to work at 0630 hours, NPR was interrupted by the Emergency Broadcast System signal.
The bleating of the EBS attention signal was followed by an announcement that our county was under a tornado watch for the next few hours.
By the time I had travelled 5 more miles, the signal came on again and announced a tornado warning for the county just north of us. A tornado was coming off the Gulf and heading inland.
I sent a text to my friends Dave and Tami who live up that way just in case they had missed the announcement.
Then I continued on in the rain, drinking my green tea (melon, dragonfruit, acai flavored) and munching on a blueberry Belvita breakfast biscuit.
It was a rainy breezy drive, but nothing out of the ordinary.
At work, I settled in to some pre-Student planning at my desk.
After about ten minutes, the wind and rain outside went from pitter-patter to thunderous downpour and screaming wind.
I'm in a second floor room with no windows, so I stepped next door to peer out of my fellow teacher's window.
I was just commenting on the wind when another teacher came upstairs announcing that she had a tree on her portable classroom.
I went to investigate, calling 911 as I did.
Outside, the rain was pouring and debris and branches were everywhere. A school desk was jammed into the chain link fence about 3 feet off the ground.
About that time, my friend Denny came around the corner and said, "Hey there's a tree on your vehicle."
Denny is a legendary kidder, so I responded, "Yeah, right."
"No, there really is."
|This is what I saw when I got out there.|
Excuse the blurry pics, it was pouring rain and still only a little after 0700.
|A whole line of old cedar trees that shaded our school parking lot were twisted and snapped off and lying across multiple cars.|
|This is my parking place after I pulled the JEEP out from under the Cedar which, while not super tall, did have a diameter of about 16 inches (dbh).|
A little more towards the JEEP and all that hard, woody weight would have crunched into my beloved.
|On the outside: Stoic.|
Yeah, it's just a tree on a car. Ain't no big thing.
On the inside ...
My baby, my baby!
You're okay, you're okay!!!!
It's a JEEP thing.
You might not understand.