I headed into work like usual and later in the afternoon we started getting tornado watches issued in the Austin area. Tornado watches don't scare me all that much because it just means conditions are favorable for one to appear. And we get watches often this time of year. I absolutely love Austin, but one of the three things I do NOT like about Austin is the threat of the occasional tornado. The other two: nasty summer heat and icky bugs, in case you're wondering. Otherwise this place is perfect!
Shortly after getting home from work and eating dinner, the tornado watch then turned into a tornado warning for the counties next to us. This meant a tornado had actually been spotted. A tornado warning isn't nearly as common and I began to worry.
Then all of the sudden, our home alarm system started going off. It was because a tornado warning had just been issued directly in our county and our alarm system notifies us so we can take shelter.
Between the loud sound of the home alarm and the bangin of the thunder, holy crap. Cue total freak out.
The storm was incredibly electrical and came with some torrential rains. I was so on edge that even every noise I heard coming from the dishwasher I'd swear was a looming tornado outside of our door! Hey, I grew up in Utah and lived in California for 10 years. This is all very new to me!
We had the news on non-stop and my anxiety continued. We got the cats together with the dog, put our shoes on JUST in case, and got ready to take cover in the bathroom as we stayed glued to the TV. The power went out for a brief moment and I think I just about lost my ever-loving mind. We could hear the crazy storm outside of our home with loud thunder crashes.
My reaction was really over the top, I get that. For those of you who are used to tornado warnings, feel free to make fun of me. But I couldn't help it. I was really, really scared!
Finally at around 11pm, things died down enough that I breathed a sigh of relief and finally relaxed a little bit.
One large tornado did take a home entirely off of it's foundation in a county near ours and damaged other homes as well. No injuries were reported, thank goodness.
I think I need to find tornado anxiety treatment classes to cope better because all joking aside, it made my blood pressure and blood glucose go way up. And I think having my body in that level of anxiety really did a number on my already fairly screwed up back. It hurts really bad today. So in reality, my anxiety itself turned out to be the most dangerous part.
And needless to say, I didn't sleep too well last night. I had dreams about tornadoes. :)
|The tornado that damaged homes in the county near ours. Beautiful, yet scary!|