Monday, April 16, 2012

Surviving the Storm

Rockport, Texas
Weather Condition; High 73, Low 68,

It’s spring time, and means spring storms. The weather was pleasant when we went to bed last night.

The 10:00 P.M news weatherman predicted we would have scattered thunderstorms starting sometime in the night.

Well, he was right! The severe thunderstorms started around 1:30 A.M. It thundered so loud it woke us up from a sound sleep. The wind blew, the rain flooded down from the sky and the hail came and went several times. The cloud to ground lightening was so frequent that all you could hear was a constant rumbling. The lightening was hitting the ground all around us. The sound was so loud we covered our ears many times after seeing the lightening outside our windows.

We turned on the T.V to the weatherman reporting serious flooding in the coastal area and a potential for tornadoes.

We sat in the living room with our eyes glued to the T.V. Several times the electricity went off for a few minutes.

There was more than one occasion that we thought the lightening would fry us to a crisp. Of course, in an RV the storms are more unnerving!

We had friends from the Dallas area sending us text telling us we needed to take cover because the weather radar was showing some really bad stuff in our area.  

At 6:00 A.M our neighbors called to tell us they had gone to the club house to take cover. The weatherman was reporting a possible tornado had touched down in Portland, TX. Portland is fifteen miles south of our location. He went on to say that we were under a tornado warning for the next few hours.

We didn’t really feel safe running out in the lightening and pouring rain to go the club house that was full of windows. The club house doesn’t really have a safe area to get in. The place is full of windows and the restrooms are on the end of the building located on outer walls. We felt like we’d just stay put.

At 8:00 A.M the local news man was saying the tornado warnings had expired but we were now under a flash flood warning. Flash Flood! Good Lord, it had already rained almost 3 inches since midnight.

This afternoon’s news showed pictures of the tornado damage and flooding that took place all around us.

I’m very HAPPY to say that all is well with us and the storms have moved out to the gulf.

Dawn and I are extremely tired and will be going to bed early!


  1. Glad to hear you made it through safely, we are normally in Texas this time of year, but after being in a baseball sized hail storm two years ago and even more ugly weather in years ago, I've lost my enthusiasm for that part of the country this time of year.

    I miss it though, I hear the wild flowers are the best they have been in a decade and I miss my Staunch Texas and Oklahoma friends.

    We are in Florida and we are also the last to leave, we would have left last weekend but the Hubby's Radar said that we should wait it out, I'm glad we did.

    Stay safe!

  2. Storms like those are scary in a brick house, much less an RV! Get some rest now...

  3. Glad to hear you guys made it through safe and sounds. Isn't hail awful in an RV?

  4. Sleepless nights...sounds like us last year...we opted to hang out in the west this time of the year...the storms are not as wicked. Hope you don't have many more!

  5. Pretty scary night - glad to hear you are all o.k.

  6. wow. scary, and scary too to not have a safe place to go. I'd be a basket case...

  7. After watching the semi trucks tumbling through mid-air in Oklahoma on TV, I could see just how dangerous being in an RV could be...We usually head for the shower houses..They are mostly brick and very few windows..McGyver and I have been huddled in the Men's Shower stalls with local Texarkanans, complete with stinky pink toilet deodorizers, spiders and a cast of characters I could write a book about...We were all scared, but became good friends, and in one hour's time, Den and I were saying "y'all from 'roun hea??"

  8. wow pretty scary to say the least..we were under tornado watch in Pensacola and it was some scary..I was a basket case...glad your safe and sound and its passed