I was rudely awakened last night by the tremendous crash of thunder from a bolt of lighting that hit the woods behind our house. More bolts followed. Zeus seems to have been royally pissed. And who is the god/goddess of rain? He/she was pissed too as the rain came deluging. This morning I can see at least one shattered tree through my office window, and the backyard may very well be hiding alligators in its swampy environs. But apparently we got off lightly.
At least one tornado and probably two ripped through parts of New Orleans before dawn, although I didn't find this out until I was already on my way into work. One tornado hit along Carrollton Avenue, which is where my university sits, and I've heard the school is closed for today. But I'm also hearing that it's just because of electricity outage. I hope so. We blew all our money repairing the damage from Katrina. We can't afford a tornado. No tornadoes hit in the area where my son was sleeping so I hope he's alright. He's not answering his phone, but that's most likely because he's sleeping. Still, a little more to worry about.
Looks like I have the day off, but I'd rather not have it at this cost. So far they have one known death, but at least it doesn't look right now as if there will be more.
I think I'm going to have a closer look at what lightning did to that tree.