Could it be that Wisconsin is the starting point of the Rapture? My day started out sunny with birds chirping. I decided to check out a new cemetery and take some photos. The radio stated a tornado watch until the early evening. But the sky was clear, and I wouldn’t be that long.
I had only taken 8 pictures in the graveyard when it started to rain. I walked back to the car and no sooner put my seatbelt on when two elderly women wearing capri pants and striped polos came walking around the mausoleum. “Do you need a ride?” I asked. “We were praying for someone to drive us!” Um, ok, get in.
So I drove the Salt and Pepper Twins a few blocks down and over past the graveyard. They were really nice and asked what I did. I even told them I’m a writer.
Anyway, I made it safely home and the weather seemed to clear. About 4 pm, it was storming again. I was in my room watching The Vampire Diaries (don’t judge) when my boyfriend came to get me. “The sirens are going off, we gotta go downstairs.”
Instantly, the lights were flashing. Darkness. No power. We spent a half hour in the basement with flashlights and then my other roommate and I came upstairs and watched the remainder of the storm through the picture window. Hail!
The storm stopped. And just like in the movies, the sun was out again. While that light was a sign it was over, and we were safe, when we walked around the neighborhood, others were not so lucky.
Tomorrow they’ll be able to say for sure if our town had an actual tornado touch down. We obviously had severe winds and hail and the southside of the city was without power for five hours. The news reported many trees being uprooted and flown 20 feet down the road. Thankfully, there were no major injuries, but several building and apartment roofs were ripped completely off. Two schools have opened their doors for citizens whose homes are unsafe at this time. As we walked down the street, firefighters were clearing the roads due a known gas leak.
It is a miracle we are safe, and that no one was injured. I am so sorry to the families who have suffered damage to their homes, vehicles and yards.