Family Alive

Brian, Kristine, Analise, and Josiah Toone

Severe Weather

1st March 2007

Kristine, Analise, Josiah, and I road out our first potential tornado here in Alabama, and we are all very thankfully safe. I can’t imagine what the people in Enterprise, Alabama are going through right now. I was actually within an hour of Enterprise at a conference this afternoon at Tuskegee University. Fortunately, the conference was very short and I was on my way back home by 3pm. I drove through a blinding rainstorm in Montgomery and made it home to this:

Note that there are four watches and warnings and two special weather statements. I took the last picture above right before we headed downstairs to our basement. The clouds kept getting darker and darker, and the path of the "mezocyclone" prompting the tornado warning was predicted to pass right over our house. We decided it was best to head downstairs. Fortunately, we just had very heavy rain and then it was over. The pictures from the Enterprise High School are just devastating:

(NPR image, Photo Credit: Rob Carr)

3 Responses to “Severe Weather”

  1. alison Says:

    It must been scary I glad that you get home safe

  2. Dena Koehn Says:

    Glad you are all safe……..was worried about you!
    Terrible for those in Enterprise….. how far away from you is that?
    Makes our little sleet storm look pathetic.

  3. Brian Says:

    Enterprise is 3 hours south of us here in Birmingham, but it is only 1 hour south of where my conference was yesterday. The storm that hit Enterprise missed our conference entirely, but a few hours later right after I was leaving another one came through that had some of the heaviest rain I have ever seen … near-zero visibility. Then on the rest of my 2 hour drive home, it was hardly raining, but the sky got darker as I got closer to Birmingham. I was racing to beat a new system coming in from Tuscaloosa so I could be home with Kristine before it hit. I just barely made it!

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