Day 4: Rain, Lunch, Chris & Family for Dinner, and Lots of Tornado Sirens

Friday, May 31, 2013.  Rain, a drive, more family for Dinner, Tornado Sirens

Friday looked to be our worst weather day… sadly, it was Gil’s day off and we were going for a drive and lunch.  We headed to Washington only to find the restaurant closed so we headed to nearby Labadie and lunched at the Hawthorne Inn.  Because the weather was so rainy and foul, we headed back home after lunch.  John and I napped, listening to the pleasant sound of rain on the RV roof.

Nancy did some more baking and made a delicious dinner.   We were joined by nephew Chris, fiance Cindy and daughter Peyton for dinner.  We had almost finished dessert when the first tornado went off.  We quickly headed downstairs to the storeroom which had 3 concrete walls and provided the best protection to wait till the all clear signal.  I only wish I’d thought to take a photo of the seven of us waiting out the blaring sirens in that room…  or the radar displayed on my phone.  After the all clear siren, we headed back upstairs and immediately had to head back down again.  The sirens sounded 4 or 5 times that evening, and by the end I was emotionally and physically spent.

We checked the Weather Channel and the radar looked  clear for St Louis once the storms had passed through to the east.  We decided to sleep in the RV after all rather than Nancy’s house, and we didn’t hear another siren during the night.

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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1 Response to Day 4: Rain, Lunch, Chris & Family for Dinner, and Lots of Tornado Sirens

  1. tybeegal says:

    I know how emotionally drain you felt. Our first year in Nebraska, the sirens were going off all the time. We spent a lot of time in our basement and we didn’t have a bathroom down there, so I had to keep running up stairs to go. The three years that we spent there, we never had a tornado, although one did hit there the day before we moved there. Glad you are probably now out of the Midwest.


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