Monday, May 20, 2013

We're Safe, but Prepared for Round 3

I just wanted to do a quick update to let y'all know we're ok!

Saturday night, we were supposed to just get strong thunderstorms. Well, it ended up being mostly straight line winds with lots of rain. It knocked out our power around 9:30 p.m. We figured it would be on again after church at the latest. On our way to church, we saw why it was out; the wind had knocked over several metal power poles close to our neighborhood. In fact, it did that for almost a full mile! {I have a photo I took from my phone, but I'll have to share it later.}

We found out through our power company's website that it could take up to 3 days to get our power back. Not only would it be really hot, (the high yesterday was 90), but we had two nights of severe weather on our way. With that in mind, we packed up and headed to Tulsa to stay with Phil's parents. About 20 minutes away from their house, I checked the weather, and that's when we saw the tornado in Edmond forming. Honestly, it sounds like the funnel formed right above our house, but didn't actually touch down until it was a few miles east. We may have hail damage, but we'll see.

Of course, I was crying because we had to leave the cats at home. I didn't want them to die thinking we abandoned them. Silly, I know, but remember I'm pregnant and irrational!

Anyways, the storms ended up fizzling out before they got to Tulsa city limits. We were able to sleep soundly and with some air conditioning! We heard a rumor that the power could come on today, so we're about to head home. Phil has a meeting at 3 he can't miss, and Jillian has therapy at 2. Hopefully it's back on so we can sit out the next round of storms for tonight. I will be on Twitter updating periodically, but I'm sure I'll update again tomorrow so y'all know we're safe :)

It seems most of our church family and friends were ok, so I hope that rings true for tonight as well! Even though we were fine, I know several people had lots of damage. I'm sure there are some injuries too with some of the later storms. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. If I wasn't pregnant, I'd probably volunteer with Red Cross to help clean up!

Sadly, today is Phil's birthday and I know he didn't want to spend it without power, and running away from tornadoes :-/ Hopefully I can still make him feel special today, because I am personally so thankful he was born :)

Happy Monday y'all!

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