Severe Weather

We had plans to go to Steve's Mom's assisted living center to show the DVD 'Courageous', which is an awesome movie.  Unfortunately the weather had other plans.

We knew by the time we were leaving that the weather was coming.  Had we looked at the weather earlier, we could have postponed the movie.  As it was, we knew we were taking a chance with having both vehicles outside with the storm coming.

It was good that we were there.  When the Tornado alarm went off, Steve and I helped go door to door to get the residents either in their own bathrooms, or the Media Center (where we had planned to play the show).  I was surprised at how many chose to stay in their own bathrooms.

By the time the threat had passed (after terrible hail and rain), it was probably 7:30 PM.  We then started the movie, and since being started late, not all were able to watch it to the end as they had to get to their rooms and  get their meds, etc.

We made sure Mom was in her room, then headed home.  We'd heard electricity was off by my friend, Linda, so we'd hoped there was a chance ours would be on.  Not to be.  We didn't realize the amount of damage done to our yard until this morning.

First seen was everything that had been on the large table was blown off.  The Thermometer was broken into 3 or more pieces.  I guess Shelley won't be painting it for me.  Then the cherry tree is seen.  Completely down on the ground.  That makes me the saddest.  It made it through the last tornado when it lost a third of the tree.  Yet, it still blossomed and produced cherries.  This time, it won't be having cherries. 

It's funny, some of the flowers still remain, yet it blows over a tree.

Steve is heading out to the garage to unroll the cover for the back of his pickup to engage the auto-adjust toggle clamps.  After looking at the Saturn, doesn't appear to have any hail damage.  The truck has some, but not enough to repair.

Hope you made it through the storm with little problems.