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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Batten Down The Hatches

Tornado season is once again upon us.
The Tennessee Valley endured a sleepless night of tornadic mayhem, trees down, roofs blown off, flooding.
A tornado touched down within three miles of our home, wreaking havoc in it's path.
Thankfully there was no loss of life.


The morning mists settled over the drenched landscape, a serene yet eerily silent mirage, showing little sign of earlier ruination.

30 comments:

Verde Farm said...

We had a horrific wind storm here in WV early this morning. It woke me up as it sounded like an engine and I was afraid it could be a tornado. We have had heavy rain and flooding too. Oh the weather --I need sunshine and warmer temps to stay! :)

donna baker said...

Love your new header pics. I'm one of the crazy ones who loves to go outside looking for funnels and tornadoes. I find them fascinating, though I'm sure I wouldn't if one were to hit my house. Supposedly, there is an old indian spell of some sort that keeps them from this area. I think it must be the hills, but we've never had large tornadoes in our area.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Serene, ..

Rob said...

You wouldn't think that even a mouse had passed through when you look at the picture.

DJan said...

It's actually beautiful, after the storm. Thanks for the wonderful picture....

Custom Comforts said...

So sorry to hear you're having bad weather. I never thought of Tenn. as a tornado area, but in the spring we're all vulnerable I guess.
So glad you're okay.
Cindy

Rebecca said...

Oh, my...we transition to THAT season now. (Here, there is some expectation of flooding.) Thankful to hear that lives were spared during your storm.

Mama-Bug said...

I heard about the storms on the news last night. So glad you and yours are safe. Hope today will be a good one for you. Hugs!

Barbara Anne said...

Dearie me! I'm glad the folks are safe, but sorry for the wind and weather woes.

Lovely picture of the calm after the storm.

Yesterday the most intense wind and torrential rain short of a hurricane came through here. My prayers were not only for the people and animals, but also that the roof shingles, the branches, and the windows would all stay intact, and that the trees would stay up.

Hugs!

Theanne and Baron said...

Happy you're safe (from the tornado), regret that others had to experience destruction. The photo with mist is indeed eerie!

Country Gal said...

If it's not one thing its another that mother nature seems to throw at you! Nice photo. Have a great weekend!

W. Latane Barton said...

I heard about the tornadoes in Tenn. I am so glad you are safe. When we lived in Alabama we had a lot of tornadoes rip through that area. Another good reason to leave!!

Roxie said...

Tornadoes already? Oh dear! Keep Oliver inside, you hear? Cats do not fly. Well, sometimes they do, but the landings are SO tricky!!

Wishing you a damage-free spring.

Louise said...

Each part of the country seems to have it's own form of violent weather, doesn't it? I'm glad that no one was killed in the tornado that passed so close to you.

Sharon said...

That sure was some rough weather! I have heard it said that we were in the new tornado alley. 20 years ago, I don't remember the number of tornadoes that we have been having lately! Both my dogs were shaking and panting with panic and distress.

Yes, the calm after the storm is a bit surreal.

kathrin said...

oh I like to see that, have a great weekend, big hugh Kathrin

Anita said...

Beautiful:)))

Star said...

What a misty, spooky picture! I hope it's all passed over now? Not too bad in Knoxville. We had a lot of rain and it was a bit windy but no tornados!

maggie's garden said...

Great shot of the morning mists. Do hope all is well in your area...and hopefully that weather system isn't heading our way.
take care. xo

John Gray said...

have you got a storm cellar?

Sandra said...

i am happy to see you are ok and your beautiful home. also glad to hear no death. our weather seems to have gone wild and wooly for the past few years

Carolina Mountains said...

Could not live in an area of lots of tornados. Rather have hurricanes - you got more warning time. Love the mist shot.

Jen said...

Wow! That's scary, especially to have a tornado so close to your home! I grew up in the midwest and we would have tornado drills at school. Some tornadoes did ruin a small town there. So sad. I'm glad you are all safe. The picture you posted is amazing and beautiful and serene. BTW, I decided to get back into my garden blog. I still have my personal one, but the garden blog is www.GardenStems.com. You'll have to stop by. Have a great day.

L. D. Burgus said...

Our minister is from Montana area. He had never been in a real thunderstorm where the wind made the rain blow horizontally. Tornadoes and huge winds were just amazing to him. I on the other hand do not look forward to that season.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Beautiful shots Jo!! I'm glad everyone is safe!! We've had our share of high winds here, but thankfully today has been a quiet one!

I missed your post on Oliver, and am so glad he's doing well--With your love and superb care, how could he not!! :-)))

George said...

We had high winds here on the Plateau, but fortunately there were no tornadoes. I'm glad no one was hurt and the damage was relatively minimal.

Denise said...

Lovely misty scene there. We had 60 mile an hour winds our way yesterday. I took a friend to her doctor's visit and my car was buffeted quite a bit and when I was in the waiting room the trees were whipping around like crazy. Glad to say it all settled down by the time we left and I am happy to hear your tornadoes caused no loss of life.

VictoriaArt said...

I am scared of such winds!
We have them here occasionally, but never as strong as where you are!
Than goodness no loss of life!

xx Victoria

A Brit in Tennessee said...

John: No storm cellar, although we can get beneath the house and be well-protected.

Paula said...

Hope you weathered yesterday's storms well. We had quite a time of it yesterday in both Sewanee and Fayetteville. As you probably know, a twister set down in Estill Springs. So sad that one lost his life to the violent storm.

Today the sunshine is out here on The Plateau. Hope you're experiencing some of the same. Today, our ground crew at the University is out in mass cleaning up the debris from the storms. Such a relief to see the sun...

Kind regards,
Paula