In 2001, right before 9/11, I moved myself and small children to Oklahoma. It was a difficult move, a difficult situation and as a California girl I was in culture shock for years. Living in Tornado Alley taught me a different kind of fear. I love thunderstorms. I hate tornadoes. It was a goal to move out of Tornado Alley as quickly as I could manage. 11 years later I finally did.
Last night, though, I found myself watching weather channel updates and skimming my FB for my OK family’s check ins. I was saddened by the report that an entire neighborhood in Shawnee was wiped off the map.
And I feel justified for the decision to get the hell out of dodge.
My heart goes out to the people affected by the tornadoes in OK, KS and the other Tornado Alley states. The weather isn’t going to be much better today, from what I’ve seen. Be safe people. Be aware. Know your escape routes, keep a weather radio on hand.
Tornado Safety page on the Weather Channel http://www.weather.com/safety/tornadoes/tornadoes-safety-before-20120330
NOAA Weather Radio web site http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/