Last night, we were watching TV and they broke into Survivor to tell us there was tornado warnings. We got a little rain/wind at that time. Nothing big. We went to bed, thinking it was all over with. Nope. Not even close. We were awoken at about 2 a.m. with POURING rain and wind blowing like crazy. My husband got me up right as the electricity went out. He said we needed to go downstairs. I didn't hear the sirens, so I was a little confused. He said he saw stuff swirling in the backyard. We got all the kids and went to the closet in the basement. Sat there for about an hour watching the wind blow and trying to find some weather updates. (Radio sucks in our basement but he had his cell phone with internet access...tiny little radar screen!)
Finally, it looked good enough to get out. Went upstairs and got the whole family back to sleep in the living room. (Wanted to keep the kids close and didn't have power yet so we had candles there.) Got up this morning- STILL no power! We lost 1 shingle off our roof. I think we fared the BEST in our neighborhood. Basketball hoop down the street bent in half, roofs have holes in them, fences destroyed, swing sets all over the place, windows are out. In the next neighborhood over, there are houses that MOVED, walls taken out, trucks blown across the road. YUCK. We got woken up at about 6 to helicopters circling the neighborhood. They finally left, but just came back for their 12:00 news. What a scary night! And, so sad. I can't stop crying when I look across the neighborhood and see what happened to them. I am SO thankful we are okay and have no damage! The NWS has come out to survey the damage. They were saying hurricane force winds (80+ mph) but now they are speculating that it was a tornado. They were suggesting straight line winds, but with the swirling, it had to be something else.
Here's a link to a news story. The neighborhood (up north/110th street) is about 4 blocks from my house. We can see those houses from our house.
Oh yeah, we got electricity back at about 12:30. Luckily, we didn't lose too much from the freezer!