Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Because I Needed Another Reason to Hate Tornado Season...

If you haven't been reading here long, you might not know this (not-so-little-known) fact about me.

I hate tornado season.  HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT.

I've been through a few tornadoes in my time.  The tornado on December 16, 2000 came very close to us and destroyed the homes of many people I knew.  Then, of course, I lived in Tuscaloosa on April 27th, 2011.  The things I experienced in the weeks following that day are things I will never ever forget.

But, very luckily, I've never had a home hit by a tornado.

Until yesterday.

That's right friends - TWO DAYS BEFORE I WAS SUPPOSED TO SELL SAID HOME.


I had Mr. Spann up on the computer all afternoon Monday.  Even from 200 miles away, he still makes me feel safe during bad weather.

Noah watched the weather here (which never got that bad), and I watched the weather in Alabama.  Late that night, we heard of a confirmed tornado following the old familiar path.

Tuscaloosa people know exactly which one I'm talking about.  It starts at the river west of Tuscaloosa, tracks through the Taylorville area, and ends up in Cottondale.  I've seen storms take this path many times.

As a matter of fact, the storm last night was pretty much identical to the path of December 16, 2000.  Except our neighborhood wasn't there in 2000, so there was no damage to be had to our house then.  Well, it was there last night.

After I found out my parents were ok (they still live close in the area), I really forgot all about it.  I never really worried that there was a lot of damage to our house.  I'm just a natural worrier, so if I'm not worried, there's no reason to be worried.  Or so I thought.

Fast forward to this morning.  I woke up to an email from our realtor telling us that our neighborhood took a lot of damage.

Well crap.

I had my mom check it out, and sure enough, our house was hit.




It's not major damage, but it's definitely enough to delay a closing. Noah and I spent most of the day yesterday communicating with realtors, clean-up companies, and insurance.  We're thinking a new roof, some siding work, and a new fence at this point...hopefully not more.  We've already filed an insurance claim, and we're thinking the damage needs to be fixed before we can close - we all know how long that can take.

So there you have it.  The house we were supposed to sell today is now ours for at least a few more weeks.  I'm bummed, but it definitely could have been worse.  There was much worse damage in our neighborhood than this...in all actuality, we were lucky.  We're very thankful that our neighbors were all ok.

But I still hate tornado season.

Can it just be over for this year?
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