Saturday, April 23, 2011
As you've all probably heard by now, the St Louis airport was badly damaged last night by a tornado. There was much damage to the surrounding residential area, too.
We're happy that there were no fatalities and only minor injuries.
In our area, we're well south and west of St Louis, we had severe storms, much thunder, lightening and rain. They continued all night. If you ever see the sky turn this strange orangey color, you know you're in for a bad storm.
The four girls wanted to get in their crates, their safe places. Sky, Fudge and Samba paced and would not settle down. Noah ran barking from window to door. Tsar was the only calm member of the pack. He went to the basement to sleep.
Morgan was a basket case. She tried to get behind the entertainment center. When I pulled her away from that, she climbed into her toy box and sat there huffing and puffing for awhile. Then she tried to get into a popcorn can. Now Morgan isn't a big dog, but she certainly doesn't fit in a popcorn can.
I convinced her to sit next to me for a little while, but when a loud clap of thunder sounded, she tried to climb up n my shoulders. Finally I made her a hideaway in the corner of the room with a box and blankets over it. We could hear her sitting in her shelter huffing and puffing, but it seemed to help calm her.
Getting everyone out for last call was an interesting exercise. The rain was coming down hard and thunder was rumbling. Some ran out and right back in. Others didn't want to go out by themselves, so I donned a rain jacket and stood in the downpour while they relieved themselves. It was a noisy, restless night.
This morning we have no damage, but standing water in several spots in the yard. We received about three inches overnight and they're forecasting as much as ten more inches over the next few days. Our annual Easter biscuit hunt will have to be postponed or held indoors if I can handle the chaos.
Our thoughts are with our friends in the St Louis area as they face cleanup from this storm.