March 15, 2008

Tornado

red truck

Yes, a tornado hit downtown Atlanta last night. Yes, we live and work in the path of the tornado. Thankfully we are safe and our house is in-tact.

Last night after 9pm we were home, trying to catch-up on some Netflix movies. I kept being distracted by huge lightening flashes outside our window, but not a lot of thunder. SB brought up the radar on his iPhone and it looked like the storm was on the north side of the city. A few minutes after that our power started surging, but this is nothing new for us. Big thunderstorms roll through Atlanta all the time and our power grid is nothing if not flaky.

When the power went out for good SB went to find the flashlights, radio and candles while I went to the kitchen window to check on the weather. I pulled open the blind, to see all our huge trees in the backyard bending over. The sky was a strange green color and then I heard it, the sound of freight train headed right at us.

I ran to the center of the house, calling to Ryan to come quick. We found the cat and a big blanket and hid out in our bathroom, desperately trying to find a weather station on our radio as we listened to the roar of wind and the pummeling of stuff hitting our house.

Once it fell silent we emerged. Thankfully everything in our house was still there. No broken windows. The rain stopped shortly and we headed out into the street, meeting-up with our neighbors who were equally shaken. We quickly learned that the main roadway, a half block from our house was full of debris and that it was indeed a tornado that had passed within five houses of our house.

We called work to find out that many windows had been blown out, the roof partly removed and a feeling like a bomb had exploded. Our co-workers were OK and jumping to action.

After checking the car and motorcycles, we went back inside to hear on the radio that there was a second tornado headed right at us. We made some desperate phone calls to find someone who had power and could look at the weather radar for us. Then we gathered our supplies and the cat and headed back to the bathroom. The hail and strong winds came again, but not the thunderous sound of a tornado.

When we emerged everything was still ok with our house. As we listened to our battery powered radio, in our dark house, we watched patrol cars with big spotlights circle our block. Today we heard many reports of looting so we were very happy to see that our area was being looked after.

In the morning we ventured out of our house and up the street to see the damage. Luckily it is mostly fallen trees that crushed parts of houses and cars. No reports of serious injury or fatality in our neighborhood. See more photos from my hood.

Electricity still has not been restored to our house, no surprise since our main lines were all felled in the storm. They say we may have power tomorrow night. Right now we are hanging out at a coffee shop, enjoying electricity and wi-fi while we can.

2 Comments

  1. Update from home: I’m happy to report power was restored around 11pm tonight, a mere 26 hours after the storm. Yay!

    Comment by Marijka — March 15, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  2. Hey Marijka, I tried calling you yesterday but no one picked up and no answering machine came on. I figured your power was out — I am so glad to hear you, Ryan, and the kitty are OK.

    Rosemarie & Matt

    Comment by rosemarie — March 16, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

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