I heard it from somewhere deep. That place where Sleep begins to demand just who in the Hell is important enough to interrupt it at this hour. As the fog cleared, I recognized the imminent dangerous weather alarm on my phone and it was persistent. Normally, for a thunderstorm warning or the such, it goes off once or twice and you can pretty much ignore it.
But this wasn't going to be ignored.
I fumbled for the phone in its cradle by the bed and smashed into dressers and end tables until I cleared the doorway from the bedroom into the hallway. That's where I met Diane and Malachi. I pushed Diane back toward the living room and sat on the couch, trying to clear the fog from my eyes and see the phone screen in front of me.
Tornado WARNING in your area.
Take Cover IMMEDIATELY
In less than 30 seconds it felt like someone had viciously cuffed my ears. The barometric pressure dropped so quickly that my ears did more than pop, they felt as if they had ruptured. Later, I would find blood had appeared as droplets and streaked down my cheek where tears would normally form. Diane grabbed me as the world felt as it were to began to tumble.
And then it didn't. Tumble that is.
Within 45 seconds, the atmospheric pressure had normalized and I worked my way out from under the mattress and went to see the TV. The power had been knocked out momentarily so I had to reset the cable box. There wasn't much left to see. Nasty rain was slamming us but the storm that would indeed produce at least one tornado was now toward our East. As pictured above, the F1 or F-2 tornado laid into Thrall and Rockdale at about 1:20. That puts it over our house at 1AM. Just about the time we felt the air pressure drop like a bomb. What was that? That was the rapid circulation overhead announcing its presence. From there, it stuck East into Thrall and Rockdale...about 8 miles East of us.
So, as far as the storm goes, the shop has a broken window and some shingles have been ripped from the roof, but other than that, we are good. At least physically. Otherwise, we have some real problems. I'll get to that as soon as I can get the window replaced. The guy from Floyd's Glass should be here shortly. We'll talk then.