On Saturday afternoon between 3:30 and 4:00, *it* happened. A tornado came through our neighborhood damaging trees and houses. Thankfully, no one was injured but it was a tense, indescribable few hours.
Our day was progressing much like any Saturday...cleaning, spending time with the family, and working on a few house projects. In fact, we were finally getting around to installing the upholstered headboard in our master bedroom. I was so excited to finally have a weekend at home to get the project completed! We were working our way through the installation, doing the measurements and dreaded math, and taking photos to document the process... Here's a picture of us putting the anchors into the wall for the headboard Saturday afternoon around 2:45.
|Photo taken around 2:45 Saturday afternoon|
Mr. Man decided we should head downstairs to watch the news, just in case. I really thought he was just tired of working on the headboard and was looking for any excuse to quit, but I eventually stopped and headed downstairs with him anyway.
When we turned on the news, we heard about tornadoes entering Southwestern Wake County and that caught our attention. I started taking the cushions off my beloved couch and stacking them in our tiny bathroom downstairs under the steps (the thought of my precious cushions in the bathroom really grossed me out though!) to create a safe room. We also gathered up a flashlight and tried to lay over any heavy furniture that could hurt us.
Less than 10 minutes after I got the bathroom all prepped as our "safe place", we saw on a map that a tornado was on the ground less than a 1/4 mile from our house. At that point, we looked outside and saw that everything was a funky shade of green. ODD. Then, the cable went out. Our link to the outside world was gone. Where was the tornado?!?! How in the world are we supposed to know where the tornado is when the cable goes out??
Then, we heard it. I still can't quite describe it. Certainly not the freight train you always hear about on the news, but it was loud. The sound was more like a crazy, loud whoooshing sound, but super deep. I can still hear it in my mind as I type this, but I can't describe it with justice. I yelled for Mr. Man to get in the bathroom. I just kept repeating over and over that I could hear it coming.
Within seconds, I realized it was actually going to happen. We were about to get hit by a tornado. The crazy childhood nightmares I had when I was young were about to actually come true.
I crouched in our tiny bathroom holding our precious baby under my couch cushions. I no longer cared about how gross it was that my cushions were in there...what mattered most was that they were a physical and even greater psychological barrier between my family and the raging storm outside. Mr. Man rushed into the room, pulled our kitchen table in front of the door, and we all huddled together. I asked Mr. Man if we were going to be okay. He nervously replied that he didn't know (how reassuring!). The house shook, the baby cried, we said a prayer, and then it was over.
We were okay. Scared but okay. Nervously, Mr. Man peered out of the bathroom and saw the bright sunlight streaming through the windows. I crawled out with the babe and immediately saw pine needles in all of our windows facing southwest. The smell of fresh pine was overwhelming. We heard neighbors yelling and sirens so we went outside to survey the damage. Lots of trees down, but everyone was accounted for and safe. Thank God.
All-in-all, we were fortunate. Our house sustained exterior damage due to trees falling on it, but the inside only has minor damage in a few rooms. We weren't able to stay in our home Saturday night because we didn't have electricity for awhile and wanted to take the babe somewhere else, but we're back. We're back home, and there truly is no place like it. We have repairs to do, but we are healthy, happy and alive. And like one of our friends said, "Mary loves a project!". So, here we go... Time to fix up the house and move on! And just in case we ever have to crouch in that tiny bathroom again, I'm going to be giving it a new paint job! Weirdly enough that's one of the things that crossed my mind while we were huddled in there... I was upset that I haven't been able to paint it yet! :) Ahhh, I'm crazy.
|Photos taken around 4:15 Saturday afternoon|
I can't promise when my next blog update will be since we're going to be focusing on family and getting the repairs organized, but I'll be sure to keep you updated. There will certainly be plenty to blog about. Never a dull moment around here.
PS - Sorry for all the weird spacing between paragraphs and pictures. Something weird going on with blogger when I migrated everything over onto the new laptop. No time to fix it now, but I'll figure it out later!