I was trying to put together a post with pictures of all my amaryllis blooms that are cheering up the place, when several e-mails came in from the National Weather Service. They went something like this:
4:25 PM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WINDS WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE TO 30 TO 40 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OVER 60 MPH. THESE WINDS...WHEN COMBINED WITH ALREADY SATURATED SOILS MAY DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES.
4:51 PM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WARNING...LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SPOTTERS REPORTED A FUNNEL CLOUD IN FORT WAYNE... A TORNADO COULD OCCUR AT ANYTIME. TAKE COVER NOW!
HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.
4:58 PM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL...AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH... SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS!
5:04...5:18...5:29 Three more Tornado Warning updates, stressing that this is a very dangerous situation:
...EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED A TORNADO WITH HOME DAMAGE NEAR NEY AND ALSO A FUNNEL CLOUD 2 MILES SOUTH OF MARK CENTER. THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE CIRCULATIONS! THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION! THESE SEVERE STORMS ARE ALSO CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL...AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH.
And then, just six minutes later...
5:35 PM ...THE TORNADO WARNING IS CANCELLED...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THAT THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAD WEAKENED OR MOVED OUT AND NO LONGER POSES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE OR PROPERTY.
While we didn't have any damage, there were several homes destroyed or damaged just west of Fort Wayne, and some damage about half an hour north of us, so the warnings needed to be taken seriously and we were fortunate that they didn't go directly over us...this time. That's the thing about storms - they aren't entirely predictable as to where and how they'll strike. Better safe than sorry, I say, as far as the warnings go.
We're watching the water rise and are hoping that morning will bring lower levels, even though the rivers aren't supposed to peak until Monday afternoon.