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What A Wild Ride – Last Night’s Storm Adventure

Rick's Car Roof
Rick Andrews

Hopefully, you are safe and sound after last night storm that rolled through town.

In the seven years that I have lived in Amarillo, this was the closest that I have come near a storm that felt that strong. It was pretty much an adventure, to say the least.

I got home after work last night to find out that I was without power. Luckily, I was able to finish up some work on my laptop. On days that we are expecting severe weather, I like to keep my front door open to listen and keep an eye on weather conditions. Power came back on within an hour, so I had my TV tuned into ProNews 7 to hear the latest about what was going on. Right before ten TV, internet and phone went dead. So, I was literally ‘flying blind,’ so I quickly plugged in my NOAA radio to stay on top of any new alerts. All I remember was hearing the following words over the EAS: Tornado, Randall & Potter County. That’s all I needed! I grabbed a container of dry dog food, scooped up Meme in one hand and off to the station we went.

Meme and I camped out in the basement here at the station from about 10:30pm-1:00am.

All I remember is hearing the large hail pelting the roof here. Being hyper sensitive to the recent tragedy in Moore, all I could wonder was, ‘Is that debris hitting the roof? Is it hail? By the time I got back home, I looked around the house and didn’t notice any damage, just lots of branches and leaves in the street. My car took some hail damage, but none of the windows were broken, so it was just ‘cosmetic damage.’

At the end of it all I’m happy to say Meme is fine (SHE is my number one priority), I’m fine, the house is alright and the car held up. But man, I’m ready for a lazy, non-eventful day.


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