Friday, April 14, 2006
When tornadoes hit Tennessee a few weeks ago I was relieved that Toby and Ree were not affected. I also realized that although I sort of had categorized Tennessee as a "safe place" to live, there probably are none. I thought TN was below the tornado belt, above the hurricanes, east of earthquakes... but I guess weather changes are getting to every nook and cranny of the world.
Last night we had tornadoes in Iowa City. I was downtown at the Institute building (thank goodness for standing in holy places, right?) when hail began to pummel the building. I thought the skylights might break as the half-inch pieces rained down. Soon the power went out and I was stranded at the building--not that I would have wanted to leave right then anyway. But after the "all clear" the parking arm was locked in the down position and crews are still battling power line problems across Eastern Iowa this morning. Boss, when the cell phone didn't give the "network busy" signal, got in touch and told me funnel clouds had touched down about two blocks east of me, a half mile west, and about a mile and a half south.
Our family is safe, but some were not so lucky.
I will always have this dramatic memory of Iowa.