Friday, May 27, 2011

living in tornado alley

Everyone in Missouri is devastated by the destruction in Joplin. They were stuck by an EF-5 tornado on Sunday evening. Any time I turn on the news or jump online I see new images of the bark-stripped trees or the crumbled homes.

We had a bit of a close call on Wednesday afternoon right here in Columbia. Fortunately a tornado did not touch down in our area, but many funnel cloud formations were seen just 20 to 30 minutes away.

{the nasty, dirty basement}

I have never been afraid of storms. I actually love watching lightening - from a safe place, not in an open field with a metal pole or anything. And in Texas we would stand on the porch and watch tiny little funnel clouds full from the sky for seconds before retreating back into the dark mass of rain clouds.

But on Wednesday, I managed to give myself a minor panic attack. I was at the hair salon downtown waiting for my appointment when the sirens started going off. I immediately called Steven to make sure he was going to the basement of his building - even though I had no idea where I would go to hide out. I was eventually ushered out of the salon, down the block a bit, and back inside the building where the entrance to the basement was.

{hiding between the filing cabinets and a view of the gross, sticky floor}

Here I was in a tiny basement hallway with a bunch of people I had never met before, standing shoulder to shoulder in between all the giant filing cabinets. I was fine for the first 10 to 15 minutes, but then my minor claustrophobia started to kick-in. Then people started talking about where storm spotters had seen the funnel clouds. They said some had started forming right by my house.

And that's when the anxiety started. The more people said the more anxious I got, so I moved down the hall and stuffed myself in between two filing cabinets and tried to ignore what everyone was saying. I even called my mom, 10 hours away, so she could watch the weather channel for me.

{my car was the only one left after the storm}

We eventually got the all-clear from the radio we had with us in the basement and I went back up to the hair salon and tried to keep calming my nerves. I usually don't get that anxious about things like that. I think the claustrophobia started it all. And I was in a room full of strangers who were talking about how bad it looked outside and how close the funnel clouds were.

I almost stopped at Steven's office for a hug on the way home, but opted to go on to my kitties and wait the hour for him to come home. I was a little out of sorts all evening, but eventually pushed the thoughts out of my mind and went about my business.

I hope I am never in a hallway full of strangers the next time a tornado rolls through!

xoxo, christa


  1. That is SO scary! I, too, suffer from major claustrophobia, so I would have been in the same place you were. I'm so glad you're okay!

  2. Oh man! I'm so sorry! Scary stuff. I hope you never have to go through that again either. Small spaces with strangers would not be my first choice, ever.

  3. That is so scary! I'm claustrophic too so I can only imagine! We had a really close call on Tuesday night - we spent 30 minutes in our bathtub under a mattress. We're all safe, but we will need a new roof from the baseball-sized hail. Mother Nature does not mess around!

  4. I was certainly thinking about you, I had been glued to the weather channel that day, then we had to leave for Minocqua...Love all your crafty things, Im looking for ideas to paint on my slumped bottles...Plaid paint has a new enamel I must try...Hope the rain lets up for softball tonite. Love you and Steven!

  5. I was the same way during this storm! We all went to the basement and I had to come up and see what was going on. I'm ready for calmer weather for sure!


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