So this happened yesterday! When you are living in Oklahoma you know at some point you are going to see a tornado. Coming from Mississippi, where our biggest fear is the Hurricane, tornado coverage by the Meteorologists In Oklahoma is like a play by play at a playoff game and is extremely thorough.
I grew up on the coast of Georgia ( Go Pirates! ) and then lived on the Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Mississippi before that nasty Katrina slapped a bulls eye on our beloved coast. But with all of the hurricanes and tropical storms, it is so different. WLOX will come on and say ” Hey there is a hurricane out there, better watch it!” and then we can go back to NCIS. We pretty much always had enough notice that some bad mess was about to go down. And I appreciate that.
But I have never seen the level of excitement for storms that the people here in Oklahoma have. Now I live with a former storm chaser and I am quite sure that I could walk into the living room stark naked carrying a steak and baked potato (both of which OU Boy loves) and I would be told to move from in front of the television because David Payne is talking 90 miles an hour giving us a street by street play of where every drop of rain is.
As soon as Tornado season starts, you can kiss your television shows goodby, because these guys will not give up any slot to stop reporting on storms. Now I do appreciate that they are so good at their jobs, but sometimes it can get a little too intense.
Yesterday afternoon I’m listening to the reports and things are really ramping up in the studio and with all of the storm chasers.I was on my way to the bathroom when I hear one of the chasers ( Val, who chases with his wife Amy) screaming Oh my God, we have debris! Debris is bad. Debris means a tornado is on the ground. And then the station lost contact with Val! I swear it was sheer panic! I’m texting OU Boy, telling him Val is missing and we don’t know where he is. He eventually came back on line and was okay.
So I’m sitting in shelter and I realize my toenail polish is blue! Yes, I actually went and got my nail polish box and sat in the shelter changing out that polish! I’m not dying with blue nail polish on my toes! It didn’t match what I had on and you can bet your sweet little behind, if I had died, my Momma would have commented on it!
My problem is I don’t know how to deal with tornadoes. I usually shower, shave my legs, wash my hair and make sure all of my shoes and bags are safely tucked away and spend the rest of the time yelling at the television because I don’t care about some storm on the ground hundreds of miles away from me. I barely care about the ones right on top of me. There is very little you can do anyway so why get so hyped up somebody wants to pop a Xanax in your mouth!
I’ve gotten used to the constant coverage now. I respect what these guys do. I’ve seen first hand what these Category 5 storms can do. I’m sure you have all heard about the Moore tornadoes and there are a lot more cities affected that you never hear about. Now, I still don’t understand why the same people keep re-building in the same places that get hit over and over, but I guess it’s the same as we did on the Gulf Coast, it’s home.
To all of you who lost your homes and property yesterday, the one thing Oklahoma is great at is pulling together and helping those who were hit. We’re all here for you!