Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Down with Doughnuts--Signs, That Is


Krispy Kreme lost a big sign, but the tornadoes that struck near Springfield, Missouri, were deadly. Two lives were lost. We had tornado warnings in the early evening but those storms mostly skirted Springfield. Then around 2:45 a.m. the wind, rain and sirens awoke us. Those of us used to tornado warnings will ignore them until we really feel threatened. Well, last night we did and we quickly headed down to the basement as we listened to fierce wind buffeting about outside. Slowly the storm moved away and we returned to bed. Daylight brought reports of downed signs, lost roofs and other damage about three miles away. Threats to our safety always seem scary in the middle of the night. This time they were only threats for our little family. I’m sorry for the families whose losses were great.


photo by Dean Curtis

16 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh my goodness, how horrible. i am glad you are safe honey!

smiles, bee

Diane J Standiford said...

My family is in IN., crazy weather for Jan. Glad you all are safe.

Marion said...

What a long, scary night it must have been.I'm so sorry for the loss of the two people...so unexpected.

Really glad you and hubby are safe, and I hope you have uninterrupted, peaceful sleep tonight.

Lorelei said...

Wow! I'm glad you guys are all safe. How scary!

Anthony said...

Thankfully it was the doughnut sign that took a fall and not a tree on your house, or worse.

Good to know you're safe.

Interesting result in Iowa and then tonight in New Hampshire. One way or another, what we need to do is bring this country together.

The Freecycle post is great stuff! That's definitely something we have to look into.

I finally published my first post of '08 tonight. Wanted to make it meaningful, so I went with a Blog Village edition of Surfer's Paradise. No surprise here, you're in!!

Marsha said...

I am glad you are alright. Looks like another line of storms tonight. Hope all is well.

Sheila said...

Thanks all for the concerns. The local paper had more photos today and I guess if your house lost a roof or a tree fell on it, you might not characterize the storms as I did. However as a witness after the fact to what a tornado did to Midwest City, Oklahoma, which looked like an atomic bomb hit it, I tend to compare resulting damage on a scale. But if you are the grandchild of the lady who died picking through rubble, it is devastating nonetheless.

Anthony,
I am optimistic that this will happen.

Don said...

Sheila, you may recall a tornado that passed near Slapout (Holtville, AL) and crossed over Lake Jordan toward Titus sometime back in the 70’s. At that time I lived on the east side on the lake on Weoka Creek. The twister came within about 2 blocks of my house and I saw stuff flying around in the air but I didn’t realize it was a tornado until later….no warnings were given that I was aware of. Downed trees blocked the road to the outside world, but it was cleared just enough for cars to get through within a couple of hours by area residents and members of the Titus Volunteer Fire Department….all a bunch of good ole rednecks who knew how to use chainsaws and their muscles. The only damage to my property was one large pine tree that was left leaning out over the water very near my boat house, which I managed to cut down into the lake to make a great place for crappie beds.

Jackie said...

Glad to hear you are safe. Tornados must be very scary.

I always wonder what a real doughnut must taste like as the ones you get here are rather greasy and I don't like them at all.

KJ said...

Krispy Kreme signs are coming down here, too, but not because of tornados. After the low carb craze, Californians returned to eating better donuts—elsewhere.

I hear your weather has been crazy with heat waves in the 70's and then sudden drops in temperature. It's no wonder the skies are going berserk. I'm so glad to hear that you are ok! This is good news!

KJ

Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh Sheila, how sad indeed. I'm glad you and the family are safe. I always fear tornados because they are so random...

Sheila said...

Don,
I guess you have come closer to a tornado than I have and thankfully lived to tell about. A chainsaw is handy to have around because if you live near trees you never know when you might need it after storms.

Thanks for everyone's concern. A tornado is so random as Palm Springs Savant says and one part of town can escape while the other suffers.

TorAa said...

Scary, scary, I do not I could have lived in a region with Tornadoes (or Earthquakes, Sunamis, flood etc)

PS. I have family in Missouri, but during "wintertime" they move to more agreeable temperatures

Sheila said...

Toraa,
Hope your Missouri family wasn't near the storms. I guess living in an area with more even weather is nice. Since I grew up in Alabama, I'm fairly used to these storms that roar through from time to time. However, this line of storms was unusual in the shear number and the fact that they were in January, probably the least likely tornado month.

Naomi said...

Gosh that sounds scary Sheila. I'm glad you and your family are all safe. It's sad that two lives were lost. We don't usually get tornadoes here in England.

Sheila said...

Naomi,
Your weather seems more even. I would like that.