Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Storm Season

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.

8 comments:

Sheila said...

How awful! Mother nature can be cruel. I'm glad that you and your son weren't harmed.

Kate S said...

Yikes! I hope you and yours are all right.

So, now that you have a day off, are you writing any? :)

JR's Thumbprints said...

I guess Michigan's winter weather isn't so bad afterall.

Erik Donald France said...

The elements -- wild, beautiful and often terrifying. We have a wind-whipped snow storm in Detroit tonight on the other end of the spectrum.

Charles Gramlich said...

Turns out Josh is fine and Xavier wasn't hit by the tornado. Only the power was out. Kate, I didn't get any writing done during the day, though, because my son had car trouble and I ended up going into the city anyway to help him out.

Sidney said...

Glad you escaped harm.

Susan Miller said...

Yes, Charles, I'm sure all of you down there are tired of the pounding so heavily handed to you by Mother Nature. Glad you're okay!

Michelle's Spell said...

That is truly awful! I hope everyone and everything is okay! Take care of yourself.