Sunday, June 20, 2010


Well....... We got home from my hometown and stopped at the grocery store, and we got to our house just in time twenty minutes later for some rain to start sprinkling down. As I was looking out our front windows to see the rain and to gauge how big the storm was (we have a great view of miles and miles of our city) I noticed that the clouds in front of us did not look like normal storm clouds. I could see the clouds start to swirl together, and my heart jumped up to my throat and my eyes became saucers. I yelled to the Hubs to look at what I was seeing and then we both just stared. And we knew...
We were seeing something so rare to happen in beautiful Montana and quite frankly (and please excuse the language) we were scarred shit less. We were able to watch the tornado from start to finish and even though it has been a couple hours since it happened, I am still quite shaky. This is NOT something that happens here. In fact, the last tornado in Billings was in 1958. The one today was recorded as an EF2, and all we could do was stand and stare out the window, watching and praying that it would not turn towards us. We live next to some hills, so we do have luck with that, but you never know what can happen.

As we watched, we did discuss what to do if it turned towards us, and we realized that we do not have much for an emergency kit. So perfect time to make a list and figure out a plan. That's what I am going to focus on this week. Because this severe weather thing the planet has going on, is only getting more that, severe. And when things happen in places they rarely, rarely do, it's definitely time to become more prepared.

Luckily there were no fatalities, just millions of dollars worth in damaged business. Flooding, hail and wind has left part of our town in disaster mode, but with the spirit of all Montana residents, we will be cleaned up and bandaged up quickly.

Now, if I can just get to sleep tonight.
P.S. I will try to upload the video that I shot later on Monday.


Maria Rose said...

Yikes! Glad to hear that you guys are OK! I saw it on the national news and knew it wasn't near your house, but nice to know that you were safely at home!!!

Finer Family said...

That's scary and I am glad you are ok and could watch from a distance.


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