I HATE Storms!

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thunderstorm Image Credit: sxc.huOkay so I’ve been hearing all day long that there are going to be some massive thunderstorms tonight and possibly even tornadoes. Usually a thunderstorm doesn’t bother me. There was a time when I would freak out any time a thunderstorm was brewing. I’m not as paranoid/scared as I used to be, but I still hate storms.

Just so you don’t think I’m silly for being scared, the storms that I’ve been hearing about for tonight have a 5-10% chance of tornadoes in my area. While that doesn’t sound like a huge chance, it’s STILL a big chance. If you were told that you had a 1 in 10 chance in getting struck by lightning today, would you go outside? Yeah, me neither.

NOAA Storm outlook Credit: NOAA
This is the Weather Service tornado outlook for today. I highlighted our area in the box. We’re right around where the yellow and brown meet at the top.

The storms should be rolling in around 3am but I’ve been freaking out pretty much all day. I know, I know – it’s BAD to focus on stressful things but I just can’t help it. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what we would do in the case of a tornado warning. We live in a second floor apartment. The lady who lives below us is old, can’t hear well and has a dog that barks endlessly. I *would* ask her if we could come down in case of a tornado warning but I don’t think Flakes (or I, for that matter) would get along with the dog. Plus, I think it would be better if she just stayed in her bathroom/closet if there was a tornado warning. I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to her because she was too busy helping us.

Our current plan is to just go into the bathroom and sit in the bathtub. The bathroom is in the center of the apartment building as are all the bathrooms in the building so the room should be very well reinforced. I’m mostly concerned that if there was a tornado and the roof was ripped off, what would happen? Yes, I’m very pessimistic and quite paranoid but it’s good to be prepared for the worst, right?

Now that I’m done rambling on and on about storms and how embarrassingly terrified I am of them, I’ll end with this: if you have any tips on tornado safety in an apartment, PLEASE let me know! Also, I would appreciate your prayers tonight. I’m going to be an absolute nervous wreck.


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