We Are Fine and Very Blessed Today
Hi Everyone. Sorry I haven’t been around, but I thought I had better check in after the storms yesterday. I am about two hours east and just little bit south of Birmingham and so it was truly unnerving to watch the weather all day. We had huge cells coming right at us all day, but as they would get close, they would split and go north and south of us or dissipate altogether.
Atlanta has a great news site, 11alive.com and it has the live doppler radar. We kept that on the computer and the weather channel on the television all day. They actually let the kids out of school at 1:00 here worried about the storms, so the girls and I kept a storm watch going all day. It ended up being a great learning experience for Hailey. She and I sat in front of the computer and I taught her how to really read the map.
First of all, she had an idea in general where we were located on it, but I zoomed it way in and showed her how to look for the roads here and picture in her mind where each thing was. For instance, we live on a main state highway that runs north and south through Alabama. Her high school is right off that road about six miles north of us and McDonalds (always a good landmark! lol) is about six miles south of us on the same road. So using these landmarks, she could visualize while we followed the roads on the map.
I also showed her how to read the legends and know what the intensity of the storm cells were as they got close to us. I explained to her that she had to know the direction of the storm in order to follow the cells. One big cell might be very close but because it was heading north east, it would go north or south of us.
At one point in the evening, Hailey was texting with her best friend Amanda, who lives right by the high school in Wedowee about six miles north of us. Amanda told her that the sirens were going off, their power was off and she was afraid. Hailey jumped into action, watched the radar from here and kept her informed of exactly where the cell was and what the intensity was. The worst of that cell was probably within a mile of her house but was missing it. With all the devastation going on around us, it was great to watch her learn and use that knowledge immediately. As different people called during the evening checking on us, Hailey would tell them not to worry, that we were very well informed and that we would be fine.
In the two and a half years I have been here, I have watched many bad thunderstorms come and go through the area. In every instance, I have watched huge bands and cells come right up to the area around the house and split or dissipate altogether just before they reached here. We watched this happen several times yesterday. With great confidence, I told Hailey early in the day that she needn’t panic because God watches over us and literally splits the storms around our house. She looked at me like I was crazy early on, but then as storm cell after storm cell broke up or dissipated literally within a mile of us sometimes, she would look at me and say, “Grammy, do you see what is happening? This huge cell is splitting and going north and south of us. It’s literally right down the street.” I would just smile and say, “I told you God was watching over us.” I think Hailey became a believer by the end of the day.
We are heart broken over the damage and devastation that was done all around us yesterday, yet today stand in awe at the protection we were given here and the beauty of the day today. My grand daughter’s intelligence and her big caring heart amaze me as well. We are not only fine, we are very blessed today.