Today I thought would be a nice quiet day; drop off Maria at work, take some kittens to an event, and pick up a foster kitten. Well I could not have be more wrong. I’d have to say that the siren’s started at around 4:48 PM because I remember seeing the clock in our car, but I can’t say it for certain.
I should probably illuminate upon this a bit more (though the lightning did that very well): We were caught in a major downpour and tornado sirens went off. At the time we were starting to drive through the wells Fargo parking lot near 37th street Hy-vee in Rochester, Minnesota, and we were trying to find a way to get home due to having a tornado warning go through on the radio. It was about when we were turning around in the parking lot when sirens began to blare and my anxiety level went super high. As we were driving across the street when a bolt of lightning struck a telephone pole’s electrical box causing a small explosion that sounded like fireworks being blasted off nearby. My sister had her window open and I think I felt either a strong blast of wind or a small shock wave, but my sister said her ears were ringing up untill after the event was mostly over. I remember seeing the bright ember sparks fly from the box and hearing the colorful words yelled by my mom, sister, and (I must admit) myself. That is probably the only time I will EVER use that word (I will not post it here, children might be reading).
We were in town because of a Hy-vee Pet parade, but it was canceled and we didn’t get the memo due to my mom’s phone not wanting to work. After the electrical box exploded, I was feeling rather uneasy (okay actually I was already beginning to unbuckle to grab the kittens and dash inside Hy-vee). We dashed into Hy-vee, were promptly soaked, and were escorted by the staff (the awesome, wonderful, awesome, level-headed staff of Hy-vee on 37th street in Rochester Minnesota…) to the back room. Soon we were put into the coolers and while standing in our small one, we passed small kittens around to help people calm down a bit. Standing there in the backroom and cooler, I was shaking, when I was in the cooler, I didn’t feel the cold, I was just shaking. My leg was shaking and I didn’t even try controlling it. I’d have to say, I admire how calm so many of those people were. The Hy-vee staff were just standing there, and talking and sometimes even laughing!
Among the crowds, I saw people who were saying things like “well, there’s a first for everything!” and even a woman who brought her cake back there with her (Maggie thought it was funny, loved it and commented “priorities!”).
Personally, I was sacred, but I’m fine now, and my dad is picking my sister up from work (the storms have receded as far as I know) and I’m just sitting around on my laptop not doing anything other than writing this blog post. The event just seemed like an unreal blur, but I don’t think I’ll be forgetting it anytime soon. I believe there had been a tornado touchdown in Byron, but I haven’t heard of any casualties yet. I pray that everyone is okay in this storm.