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Unseasonably Blown Away

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Here in tornado alley, we’re used to tornadoes. In MAY. Not January!

We were up several times last night because of tornado warnings in the area. Within 30 minutes of us (north and west up I-44), two people were killed. What that CNN report doesn’t cover is the damage to Republic’s schools (about 20 minutes from us to the east), homes destroyed in Highlandville (10 minutes south of us in our county), nickel-to-baseball sized hail, flooding, and straight-line winds that blasted through here between 3:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. That’s when we actually got everybody huddled in an interior hallway. The windows rattled, the roof groaned, but everything held.

We’re all miserable this morning. Even though we only had two “dangerous” times last night–one between 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. and the other 3:00 – 4:00 a.m. — the tornado sirens went off it seemed like continuously. They are not even a block from our house. Yeah. The damned thing might as well have been in our living room, it was so loud! MM was a basketcase, shivering, teeth chattering, about to throw up she was so scared. She’s never done well with loud noises.

So we’re groggy this morning but no damage, thankfully. (Needless to say, I didn’t getup D&E to write this morning!) What’s the worst weather you’ve had recently?

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