Mickey and I had the radio on while we were scrapbooking, listening as the announcer kept telling us that there was a violent thunderstorm watch and a tornado watch in our area. That didn't bother us too much, weather forecasters aren't known for their accuracy. Right? That's what we thought too. Then the radio started emitting a high pitched squeal preceding the ALERT! We were told that there was a strong possibility of a tornado hitting down in Lethbridge within 30 minutes!!! and everyone should get off the roads and take shelter in basements, blah, blah, blah. I've never experienced one of those alerts before - it about scared the bejeebers out of us.
I knew we'd probably be safe in in the storage area under the staircase in the basement so we grabbed candles, matches, a couple bottles of water (we couldn't find anything stronger!!), and our iPads. As she was heading downstairs, Mickey called back to me, "Bring the chocolates!". She had already grabbed the jar of mixed nuts.
We had to haul boxes out of the storage area in order to make room for both of us to sit hunched over working our iPads, listening to the radio through it. We called our husbands far, far away and let them know what was happening. Or at least we tried to. The phone and cell lines were tied up and it was very difficult to get through.
|Mickey with a decorative candle and her iPad. See the stairs over her head.|
|Checking with the weather network while listening to the radio|
|Trying to stay in touch|
On the news tonight we saw footage of the storm damage in Taber - huge trees uprooted, etc. but no injuries. These tornados usually touch down in farming fields which are much more abundant down here than large towns. We were lucky this time. At least now we know the drill - grab your chocolates and nuts and run for shelter!!!