I have always had a healthy respect for tornadoes.
I know the safe spot in my home is the hallway closet. I keep abreast of local weather from trusted sources, not the “everything’s a crisis” outlets. I get alerts on my smart phone.
You learn to do these things when you grow up in an area where tornadoes are common. I’ve seen the damage they can do in a short amount of time. It simply boggles the mind.
Today there are more accurate forecasts to help us plan for the coming storms. We now know days in advance that severe weather is possible.
But we can’t stop a tornado from coming. The anxiety I feel when the storm is upon us can, at times, be overwhelming.
Last night I made the call to my family, who live in Athens, Alabama, to see if they were OK after tornadoes killed two there. This morning I’m looking for news from Fayetteville, Tennessee, where tornadoes also struck. I worked there for 7 years.
My area is currently under a tornado watch. The thunder is incredibly loud. It’s hot and sticky, even at 5 AM. Not a good sign.
Despite all of our advances, our claims to have harnessed the natural world, times like these remind me those claims are nothing but hot air.
Nature will tolerate our nonsense, but ultimately, She is still in charge.