Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oz wouldn't be so bad

Just before 6:30 this morning, the tornado sirens blared. In middle of the night, I can normally sleep through the train horn blaring yards behind my duplex. Maybe it's because it was close to around the time I usually have to get up, but the sirens woke me. Peachy. I'm awake before I have to be this morning, and there's severe weather.

I knew that if I didn't call my dad to confirm, yes, I did indeed hear the sirens, he would call me. It's just the way it is. Trust me. I beat him to it. He turned on the TV. I figured he would turn on the local radar since he has local cable. No, he turns it on channel 4 or something, which I could have done myself via Dish Network.

The National Weather Service announces that they are cancelling the tornado warning as the sirens start to wind down. But before they do, my dad tells me that I could get dress and come over to their house though he does not know if their house is any safer.

No, thanks, Dad, I think I can hunker down in my bathroom just fine. Driving through a tornado doesn't sound too wise, and didn't look like all that much fun on Twister. I'm pretty sure I can be taken to Oz just as easily in one place as another.

Dad says he will check back in with me before he leaves for work. "No, please don't. I'm going back to sleep."

At 6:41, the phone rings. "Yes?... Hello?"

"This is the Navarro County Emergency Management... blah, blah, blah... the National Weather Service has put out a tornado warning in effect until 6:30... take cover..."

If it weren't a recording, I would have informed the NCEM that the warning passed 11 minutes prior to their phone call, and the only cover I was taking was the ones on my bed.

At 6:45, the phone rings. "Hello."

"This is the Navarro County Emergency Management... blah, blah, blah... the National Weather Service has put out a tornado warning in effect until 6:30... take cover..."

#1 I think their warning system is a little late.

#2 Is it really necessary to call twice? I don't think they knew that I had not grabbed my flashlight and retreated to the closet in my bathroom that is the most intermost place I could get.

I finally got back to sleep and remained in that state until 9:50 when my mom calls to ask me a question. As I said yesterday, I'm trying to catch up on some lost sleep. I went to bed late anyway, and why am I trying to justify myself here? I don't feel guilty for it.

I would say that I would unplug my phone as to not be awaken tomorrow morning in that way, but the girls are coming over for the day, and will be over here earlier than what I have gotten up the last two days. I do, however, plan to answer the door in my pajamas.

2 comments:

Kristi said...

Only you can make tornado siren hilarious! You better not be up reading this tonight though - Go to bed!

Pam said...

Our tornado siren goes off once a month at 2 a.m.
I would just sleep through the 6:30 a.m. siren also, thinking it was a drill.