Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Toto, I don't think we are in Kansas Anymore!


As you have already probably learned, a tornado swept thru downtown Atlanta Friday night and played havoc on Centennial Park, the CNN Center, the Georgia Dome, and Cabbagetown. Because we live so far north of that area, we didn't even get a strong breeze from it.

On Saturday, storm clouds began rolling in and rain started around noon. Around 2pm we lost power. Then it began to hail. I don't remember ever seeing hail accumulation like we had during this storm. At the gutter downspouts were piles of hail ankle-deep. Fortunately the size of the hail never got very big so we didn't have dented vehicles, damaged houses, or any broken windows. It did shred the cover on the BBQ grill, but we can deal with that minor casualty. The rain and hail stopped and the sun came out and all was calm. Then, the hail returned a bit more forceful than the first time. Finally the hail subsided and the rain returned. We later learned a tornado touched down a quarter-mile from us. We were grateful that no one in our area was injured or killed by the storm. I was grateful I wasn't out on a bike ride.

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