Thursday, April 28, 2011

Merci on the Storms

Hi, Merci here with today's post.

We want to post this lovely graphic Zoolatry made for bloggers to post in their sidebar for those affected by the storms that raged through the midwest and southeast United States yesterday. There were super thunderstorms that spawned a lot of tornadoes and a number of folks in several states lost their lives.

There were several deaths not too far from us and a tornado that went through the northern part of our county, which isn't very far from where we are. Jan made us get off the computer early and pulled the plugs on the computer equipment. She did watch the television for news of the storm's arrival.

She finally went to bed and lay listening to the severe weather radio beeping and giving alerts. We went from a tornado watch to a tornado warning. And then shortly after midnight, we all heard the tornado sirens go off. They are really eerie at any hour!

The local radio station was off the air. Their tower is located right in the path of the worst of the storm but we heard news from what might have been Griffin. Nothing like sitting in the dark with lightning flashes illuminating the house and listening to this kind of talk:

"It will reach *** in 3 minutes. .***, you have 3 minutes to take cover. If you're in a mobile home, get out NOW!  ^^^ the storm will reach you in 20 minutes.  ### you're directly in the path and need to take cover."   (Jan was having a hard time remembering where these places are located.)

Well, there isn't much we can do. The two little closets and the bathroom are on the side that would take the brunt of the storm if it hit us so Jan moved into the kitchen and sat at the table watching the window with shadows of tree branches blowing in the wind.

I sat beside her. Not that I was afraid, mind you. She would pat me on the head and tell me I am a good girl and great company. Cotton is afraid of storms so she was hiding. The other kitties were ... somewhere. Buddy and Sam were found sprawled out across the bed. Sound asleep.

We were very fortunate, and we are sad for those who lost a loved one in these terrible storms. So we thought it appropriate to put Zoolatry's graphic in a regular post and to pray for those who were not so fortunate.

Oh, and we want to add Precious to our post. She is in desperate need of a home and her time is running out. Please go by Brian's Home blog and read about her. Perhaps you can help, at least pass on the word about her if you can't adopt her. Thanks.


  1. It is such a scary time for so many in our country. We are glad you are OK. We have been lucky so far for the storms to have stayed away from us but we know the month of May can be the worst for tornadoes. Paws crossed for all affected by these deadly storms.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  2. Wow, that is really scary that's for sure. We're glad you all are ok and weren't hit directly. We will purr for those who were affected and for Precious(poor little girl)to find a home with someone who will love her like her Mom did.

  3. OMC, what a scary time for you all! We're glad you're all safe!

    We have Ann's graphic on our Purrs Page, and are purring for all affected!

    -Fuzzy Tales

  4. I just ran across your blog and am so sorry for all the bad weather. I do not like any of it. Lightning scares me to death and I can just imagine what you folks are going through. May God protect you and keep you safe and may the storms pass quickly.

  5. I love weather, always have so anytime that there is weather related things going on I follow it. I feel so bad for anyone hurt or had damages in this terrible outbreak of tornadoes. right now we are under tornado warnings.
    I have to tell you when Hurricane Frances came through we had those dire warning going off from the NOAA radio we have every 5 to 10 minutes. I have never been so fearful in my entire life.
    I am glad you are OK and that nothing was damaged.

    >^..^< >^..^< >^..^< >^..^< >^..^<
    Abby Ping Jinx Boo Gracie

  6. oh how scary! We is so glad to hear you is ok, and will be thinking of those who is still in danger.

  7. Please, please, please take care! I am so glad you are all ok. Goodness!

    I keep watching the news and bbc updates and its getting worse. So much devastation and tragedy!! I am so sorry!!

    I put that lovely graphic that Ann from Zoolatry did on my sidebar too. I can only hope and pray that the tornadoes go away now!

    Be extra safe, please x

  8. We had a couple of scary days and nights here too and we don't like those awful storms. We are sending up prayers for everyone affected by the devastation.

    We sure hope and pray Precious can get forever parents real soon, bless her heart she needs a loving family. Hugs and nose kisses

  9. I made up such a storm on TV
    I am very afraid of trevuadas I will soon hide or to mami's lap, even though all is well with you
    Turrinhas Girlfriend

  10. I cannot imagine how scary that was for you. I've never lived where there are tornadoes... but it seems terrifying - Maybe my most analogous experience is wildfires but there's usually a bit more warning.

    In any case, I'm glad that you're OK. I hope that you sleep better tonight.

  11. We just couldn't believe all the destruction when we got up and turned on the news. This is awful. We send all our prayers and thoughts to those who are suffering right now. Let's hope all this terrible weather will be gone for a while now. Mother Nature needs to take a long vacation.

  12. I can't even imagine what being in the path of a storm like that would be like! Very scary - stay safe!

  13. Jan: So glad you and the Funny Farm animals are okay. So scary to hear those sirens. I would not like that at all. So sad about all those in the path of the storm. Sending love. xo

  14. Glad the storm missed you guys - It is rather scary watching and waiting.
    We have a full basement and part of it is finished up nice and comfey - so we at least are comfortable while we wait.
    Merci - it was so good of you to keep Jan company - she probably would have been really scared if you weren't there


  15. So glad all is well at The FF -

    Another one of those tornados went through a bit NW of here - < 10 miles or so -

    Paws khrossed fur khontinued safety!



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