Tornado Wake-Up Call

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 19mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1600
“Tornado Wake-Up Call” Cedar Park, 2020

My Easter started very early with the dog barking and my neighbor calling on the phone to warn us of a possible tornado heading our way. I went downstairs and turned on the television news, learned that the dangerous weather rotation would be arriving in 5 minutes, so I woke up Mariko and the kids and told them to come downstairs, which was a safer spot to be in during this kind of severe weather. We’ve been through several tornado warnings throughout our years of living in Texas, but this one was the most specific, with the radar showing the path of the possible tornado to come right through our neighborhood, and the exact time it would: 6:12 am. It was exciting and terrifying.

But just as quickly as it appeared it was going to be upon us, the rotation disappeared from the wind radar, and the tornado warning was called off. It was all over in a minute, and at 6:15 am everyone went back upstairs to sleep. What an unsettling way to start the day!

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