Saturday, July 24, 2010
7:22 PM July 21
If the sky turns green, run for cover. I don't know if this is true or some old wives' tale. Until this week, I had no first hand experience with a tornado. My son went to school in the Midwest at IU and had his share tornado scares. He related many colorful stories about his run ins with a few, but myself I never had been near one til this past Wednesday. Severe thunderstorms? Had 'em. Hail storms? Had 'em. Hurricanes? Had 'em. Ice storms? Had 'em. Blizzards? Had 'em. But tornadoes? NEVER! Til this past Wednesday, when the southern Maine area near us had three of them within about an hour(Alfred, Limrick and Gorham). On the television, they kept saying, if one approaches go to the cellar, bathtub or if in a vehicle to a ditch and keep low. Well, when the weatherman pointed out, on his radar screen, that the fierce storm was heading right for our road, and the sky turned a funky yellow, the wind and heavy rain picked up, it was time to head downstairs. Long story short, we spent about 40 minutes with a static-tinted radio, flashlights, pillows and no beer. That last item was a mistake that won't happen again. This time, we dodged the bullet, but others nearby weren't so lucky and received severe tree damage. I've seen photos of the sky just about pitch black at 7 PM... if it turned green, I don't ever want to see it. That's as close as I want to be to one of those storms.