Dorothy and Toto: Our first real tornado warning

On Monday, the weathermen were predicting that conditions on Tuesday would be optimal for the formation of tornadoes.

Tuesday arrived and they were right.

This is what the sky looked like around 4pm before the storm hit Shreveport.

And about an hour later all programming was interrupted on the TV as the reporter told viewers to “take cover” in a room without windows or exterior walls. The storm lasted about 45 minutes (and so did my panic attack) while I said Hail Marys in the bathtub.

The next day everyone else acted like I was the crazy one (okay, a valid accusation) and said, “It doesn’t storm like this on the East Coast? Well, you’ll get used to it.”

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