Thursday, January 10, 2008

What IS that noise?

It has been storming pretty hard here for the last hour and a half. About 30 minutes ago, I hear this siren going off. At first I thought it was a rescue vehicle or something. However, after a few minutes it is still going off and not getting louder or softer. And then it clicks in my head what is sounds like: A tornado siren. Now I have never heard a tornado siren in real life, only in TV and movies. It sounded just like that. My heart starts to beat a little faster. So I go to the computer and look up the news and sure enough Williamson County is under a sever weather warning and a tornado warning. I am now about in tears. My baby boy is in school and I can't get to him because I know better than to drive in a tornado. I saw the movie Twister with Helen Hunt. I know what a tornado can do. So I call KJ in tears to tell him what is going on. All the time thinking that a tornado is coming or could be coming. He is in disbelief because it is not happening where he is. He calls in someone he works with and tells them about the tornado siren. They were very nonchalant about it and said "Oh yeah those go off all the time there is a warning" KJ was like well do they get louder if there is one, I mean when are we supposed to know to go to the bsmt (Thank goodness we have a bsmt, if I have to deal with this!), we don't have these in Knoxville? She said we would know when we heard it because they sound like a freight train. She was surprised and thought everyone had them b/c she grew up here and with them.

Well my panic attack has receded a little. So now I know when I hear the siren to listen for a freight train, grab the kids and head for the bsmt! Good to know! I will also be turning on the TV or radio during any thunderstorms!

As a side note, no one ever mentioned tornado sirens or the need for them to me when we decided to move here!


Suzanne said...

Yikes! I'm sorry that you had to go through that. Tornadoes (or even the thought of one) freak me out! I'll be praying that you never have to experience that!!

Nashvillians Now said...

Thank you! However, if I do have to experience an actual tornado at my house, I am out of here! It will be back to Ktown with the kids for me! I don't think I will handle it well. (Just kidding, kind of)

I guess it is good that the Lord will not put upon me more than I can bear! That is a very comforting thing to me!