Alice's Attic: Winter storms not quite as worrisome as tornadoes
March 25. 2014 2:00PM
I don't know what makes me think of tornadoes when I look out at the snow and wind blowing, except that it doesn't worry me like a tornado would.
We are lucky that we can stay in our warm house since we are retired and have no need to go out. Unless it becomes an ice storm and the electricity goes off, then we are in trouble.
When a tornado siren goes off, we scramble to get to a safe place – in a hurry.
Years ago, one hot summer day, we were driving home from Egan after visiting family. Just a few miles from home, Scott, about 8 years old, was sitting in the back of our Pinto looking out the window
“What does a tornado look like?" he asked calmly.
After Dave described it to him, Scott said, "I think there is one behind us."
Well, I nearly broke my neck turning around to see, and sure enough, the sky was dark to the north and something was definitely brewing.
Dave put the pedal to the metal and got that yellow Pinto moving at a speed that it never had before.
In minutes, we were in Dell Rapids where the sirens were going off. We drove like crazy to Northview Drive to get Kim where she was baby sitting for Jerry and Leona Wall.
She hustled the two little girls into our car, then, we headed for our house to pick up all of our animals.
While we were doing that, Dave ran next door to Swards to help Frances get Norman, who was in a wheelchair, into their basement.
We were gathering Cocoa, our little dog, Sissy and her kittens, Goldie, our Labrador, and Isaak, our raccoon. Then we flew to the telephone company basement.
The Rasmussons also arrived with their little dog, who definitely did not appreciate the zoo that it came upon, especially the raccoon.
Everyone breathed a big sigh of relief along with some nervous laughs, and again, we made more memories.
The tornado? Well, it dissipated right before it got to Dells!