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I think I'm being followed . . .

Last night, a line of severe thunderstorms moved through the D.C. Metro area, dumping up to five inches of rain and spawning at least one yet-to-be-confirmed tornado in Fredericksburg, a town about 30 minutes south of us.

Tornado? Heh, and I just recently confessed to someone that, even though I adore storms and could have been a storm-chaser in another life, I didn't miss the tornado sirens and warnings we left behind in Alabama. Because once one of 'em hit a little too close to comfort. And they just don't happen here.

Around midnight last night, I had to eat those words as my husband and I carried our two kids down to the basement because a Tornado Warning (meaning radar-indicated rotation has been detected or a visual sighting has been made of a tornado) had been issued for our county. Heh, my husband rolled his eyes the entire way down the stairs; yes, his wife is a little skittish when to comes to those warnings these days. Turns out his skepticism was on target, as the storm that spawned the tornado south of us ended up passing to our east. But better safe than sorry, heh.

Interestingly, this experience made me realize how valuable tornado sirens are to me mentally. They don't have them up here, so unless you are watching television or listening to the radio, you have no idea one's coming your way. At least in Alabama you could go to sleep knowing that if a storm got bad enough to spawn of those things you'd know about it. That's just not the case here. Heh, my nine-year-old daughter said this morning over breakfast that when she grows up she's going to make sure this county gets them. She'll do it, too.


Anonymous said…

I was originally so glad to move *out* of the DC metro area a few years back because of all of the tornado watches and warnings we had *there*... especially the one that went over (literally) our house in Maryland (an easy walk to the Potomac) in 2004!

Between the tornado that touched down in Colonial Heights a few weeks back and the whooo-ing that woke me last night, I am on the hunt at this very moment (multi-tasking!) for the weather channel's Notify! system. It costs some money for a year's subscription, but you can get calls to your home phone *and* a certain number of cell phones. You decide the level of alert (watch or warning), the kind of alert (tornado, etc.) and coverage area. Just found it and *woo hoo*, it's $20 less than it was when I signed up several years back!

Okay - I have to find my credit card so I can complete the transaction. The skies are getting dark here!

Carmen Andres said…
kari, i think i'll check the weather channel's system out, ack. thanks for the head's up!