Janet Miles, CAP-OM (janetmiles) wrote,
Janet Miles, CAP-OM

In which I committed irony

For once, my icon is directed at myself.

We had either four or five tornado warnings yesterday. (Where warning means "either tornado has been spotted on the ground or the storm is showing strong rotation and may turn into a tornado at any time".)

The first was at work, about 1:45 eastern. I posted about that yesterday.

The second was after work, about 5:30 eastern. I had just gotten to my car (which I'd parked in the garage for once, because the weather guy had been predicting hail) when it was called, so I waited that one out in the garage; I figured underground and poured concrete was pretty safe. I left at about 6:15.

I ended up driving through the third one, called at 6:40. I was on a stretch of Alcoa Highway that contained absolutely nowhere I'd consider safe to shelter (lots of sheet-metal and plate-glass car showrooms on one side; nothing but fast-foodies on the other). Since there wasn't anywhere safe, I kept on going. About six miles from home, I also started praying pretty continuously, because the lighting was near-continuous and the sky wasn't just dark but Ugly Dark.

I'm not sure if the next one, at about 7:15, was a new warning or a continuation of the one I'd driven through; that lasted until about 8:00. Either way, the cell bypassed us to the south. I hope that the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area made it through safely.

The last one was called at 9:40, but was to the north of us and moving northeast.

I may complain about our local weatherwitch [1], but for last night, I'm very grateful to him or her. At the same time, I know there were confirmed tornadoes all over the state, and I'm sad for the people who were caught in them. I don't know yet, because I haven't checked the news, whether there were any deaths or injuries, but I know there was property damage.

[1] Seriously, Dale and I are certain there is someone in the area who deflects weather around the county. I am not lying when I give you this example: often, when it snows, it will be just a powdered-sugar dusting right up to the county line, and on the other side of the line there'll be an inch-and-a-half of snow on the ground. And I don't mean "a few miles on the other side of the line, past the river" I mean "on the other side of the 'entering Knox County' sign".

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