I updated my profile page not too long ago to explain how I edged into this whole bloggin' thing sideways. I haven't been very stealthy about keeping the kids' names hidden in Christmas cards and kindergarten art, but I also don't use them in google-able text. It was clear we lived in the mid-west but not till I mentioned Albert Pujols would anyone have been able to put us in a particular state. (No, "Flyover Country" is not a legally recognized entity).
It's also fairly clear that Matt works for an airline, since our recent travel travails were due, in part, to our status as "non-revenue generating passengers".
So although the evidence is there, it is still with some resignation I pull all the strings together... And yet, I cannot not tell this story.
Guess where Matt was Friday night? Terminal 1, C concourse.... when the tornado struck. He's fine. Everyone at the airport was fine - sounds like there were some lacerations, maybe some stitches, but nothing life threatening. City wide, there were swaths of homes wiped out but I haven't heard of any fatalities, nor even of any serious injuries.
Matt said it really did sound like a train. The weather was nasty and the tornado sirens had been going on and off all day. Not unusual but he was still keeping an eye on the window when he realized some of the lightening strikes were actually transformers blowing. Then he heard the roar, and saw paper flying thru the air - clearly a building had been struck. He and his people starting moving - and then it was all over in less than a minute. Nature at its most fearsome, over in a flash.
Here's a video of the tornado hitting on youtube:
Side note: I find it odd that the severity of the tornado is only ranked in terms of damage caused - sort of like being graded just for showing up. If they hit an airport, and drive shrapnel thru multi-million dollar jets, they get a higher ranking than if they were twice as strong but only hit a meadow. Hurricanes are rated by wind speeds - Probably not too many folks volunteering to measure a tornado's wind speed though.
I don't have a profound summation, and since we have to leave for Easter dinner, not even a closing haiku. Just that my goodness, this is a magical marvelous life, this life of ours. Happy Easter.