South Dakota Tornado Season
South Dakota Tornado Season!!! Why in the Heck?!?
So, my good hubby-buddy is one of
Before a tornado hit, all of a sudden my hubby an’ I heard the wind pick up an’ I knew it was coming… hubby would soon be stepping outside to assess the changes that were taking place. You see… he needs to be sure of what’s goin’ on; he’s checkin’ out the situation, as it were. Hubby is funny like that. Or, maybe it’s just a Man Thing; I’m not sure.
Sure enough, hubby was out that door, standing in the rain an’ up by the highway to see what was happening. I’m telling you, he does not let the grass grow under his feet. If there is a crises situation, hubby is the man to learn what’s up.
So, there stood hubby, next to the highway, lookin’ up in the sky an’ to the west. When he came inside, he told me that the whole sky was a mash of clouds, circling really fast. Huge clouds. An’ within those clouds were more clouds, also circling. The Smaller clouds, he said, were about the size of our town. As he watched this gigantic display, he said it was as if the clouds were in some kinda’ race or
The air was heavy an’ the sky was sorta’ yellowish. It had
As he watched, hubby noticed what he had been focused on; a funnel cloud. There, in the midst of the smaller cloud, was not one, but two funnel clouds, gearing up for a real joyride. An’ WHAT a joyride it was!
Hubby continued watching ’til he thought he saw the funnel cloud sucked back up inside the huge circling cloud. It’s funny how, in the dim light of evening, trees can seem to take on shapes… or, erase them. Yup! That’s exactly what happened; trees got in the way an’ played with hubby’s eyes. They made it look as if the funnel cloud had dissipated an’ was no longer a threat. So, hubby came back into the house, satisfied that he had done all that was necessary to protect his family.
It wasn’t Five. Minutes. Later. that we got a text message from our little girl, saying that her brother in law’s house had a couple of trees come through the roof… right after they went into the basement an’ closed the door! From that moment
Trees were down, everywhere. The local C-Store had shattered windows. The clerk in the store was stranded, without power or, even a phone to call for help. Her phone had died an’ the windows in her van had been blown out. I’m sure she was frantic, when a friend who was driving home from work, pulled in. I suspect the clerk was out there waving down anyone going by. Fortunately, the folks in our area are in the habit of helping each other out, in many situations. Tornadoes just give us even more opportunity to help.
The Senior Citizen’s Center also took a great deal of damage, although I was not able to get a picture that my computer would allow me to upload.
There is definitely a LOT of work still to be done. I will miss the beauty of the lumber yard that was destroyed, as it had been designed many, many years ago an’ had a charm to it that I truly enjoyed. Still, the destruction has brought out a reminder of how many good people there are in the world an’ I am glad to know that I live in an area where neighbors are more like family an’ less like the hate that has been raising its ugly head in places, lately.
So, whaddya’ think? Did my good hubby-buddy do his job correctly? Was he diligent in keeping that
Personally, I think he fell down on the job. Next time he goes to stop a tornado, I think I will tell him to get a rattlesnake named Shake an’ use it for a lasso to stop that