Please allow me a moment to post something for my family. With all the tornadoes that were touching down in North Carolina yesterday, I wanted to take the time to let my family know that we made it through just fine!
I also have to take the time to give God all the thanks for leading us through it all!
We knew the weather was supposed to get bad and we decided to leave Durham early. My grandson had gotten tired and fussy and had laid down for a nap so we were all just kind of sitting around staring at the walls anyways.
As soon as we left the rains started. About 10 miles in to the trip home, we started hearing the interruptions from the National Weather Service. Not being as familiar as I would like to be with the counties here in N. C., we weren’t really sure about where everything was. At one point I told my wife that maybe we should take our normal way home instead of the new way we had chosen. We opted to stay with the new way. I’m glad we did.
All the reports we heard on the way home were of tornadoes touching down along areas that we would have passed through if we had taken the old way!
The new way home was like a footrace. Just as we were coming out of Raleigh, we heard news of a touchdown in downtown Raleigh. As we were coming down I-440, we heard news of one developing around Knightsdale, which was just ahead of us. I chose to continue driving instead of turning around. We made it through and stopped in Zebulon, we had a bathroom emergency!
After getting back on the road, we continued to hear about the storms. Just after driving past I-95, we heard about one heading down the I-95 area. We heard about a couple more near misses and when we had stopped to get gas in Greenville, we heard of one for Pitt County, which is where Greenville is, and I decided we would stop at the Harris Teeter grocery store and go in, just in case. I didn’t want to continue to try to race with them as I knew we were getting ready to change directions and head in a more southeasterly direction. We stayed in the store (and did some shopping) until we were sure that the Tornado Warning had passed.
Our last 30 miles home we continued to hear about tornadoes reported along the way we normally would have come home. The winds were picking up and the skies were getting dark but we made it home OK.
We had one more close call last night. Joseph had called a friend to pick him up because Trina didn’t want to go out anymore. He found a friend that would meet him at the airport in James City. She decided she wanted to take him and right after they left we heard of a reported tornado at the main gate of Camp Lejeune and that it was heading towards the area that Trina was driving to. I called her to warn her and she was aware of it.
It was one of the most helpless feelings I have ever had. Wishing I could be there but only being able to wait.
Later, when Joseph got back to Cherry Point, we heard reports of another tornado touching down close to where he was. We called to check on him but he said that the storm had knocked the power out all around Havelock so he and his buddies had driven to nearby Morehead City and were doing “open mike” at Kabudo’s. In other words, he was doing OK!
Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about Steph and Isaiah. We continually checked on them but they said they were doing just fine!
I’m so thankful that God kept his hand on ALL my family this night!
I would appreciate prayers for all the people who have been affected by these storms. There are at least 20 confirmed deaths and there is widespread damage across many cities!