Ugh! Tornadoes in October? Some of you guys may have heard about all the tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that relentlessly rampaged through Southern Illinois and Missouri last night...Well it just so happens that my property was one of the many homes which got hit. We were hit by an F 2 which luckily did not severely damage our home and everyone is safe. We lost one of our barns part of our roof on the North end and there is lots of landscape/property damage. We were without power from 6pm last night to 12 noon today. A mile down the road from us the tornado skipped around destroying eight homes and causing widespread property damage to other homes. We have a basement so we were in the basement through the storm the dogs all howled and moaned the entire time. We had to muzzle Punkin because she became very violent from fear I suppose? Last night was truly the scariest night of my life. My children are still very scared and the dogs all seem a bit edgy. Punkin has shivered all day and is very jumpy I am very worried about her. Have any of you ever experienced a tornado? This was my first and I pray to God my last.
i have never experienced a tornado or a hurricane or anything like that. i can't imagine what it would be like to be you. i am glad everyone is safe and sound. i would imagine the dogs being edgy for a day or so. maybe give punkin some benadryl. it will make her sleepy and hopefully calm her down. i have often thought i would like to move out of jersey but with all the weather related problems everyone seems to have, i think i will stay. worst we ever had was 2 feet of snow.
GinaH, I'm glad you're ok! I lived in Ohio, and tho I've never been through a tornado, I know storms can be REALLY scary. Poor Pumkin... I had a dalmation that had a fear of storms, and would almost jump through a window to try to get inside the house with the rest of the family. (He was an outside/farm dog). I'm not sure you'll want to hear this, but I don't think the dalmation ever got over his fear of storms. It's too traumatic. Kinda like how I wince every time I come up quickly onto stopped traffic, waiting for someone to rear end me. (That happened once). You won't know until the next storm, though. I cross my fingers for you. Even if Pumpin is scared, there might be a way to cure the fear.
Yes, it is crazy weather but it was obvious something was brewing when we awoke yesterday to 75 degree weather and it was very muggy and lots of humidity. Since the middle of September we have had very chilly days with highs in the mid 60's and very cold nights so it was a big change in temperature really quick. Some of my neighbors got hit a lot worse so we were actually pretty lucky.
I live in North TX and every torando season we go to the cellar every week. I'm pretty much used to it now. I'm right smack in the middle of tornado alley. I'm afraid we will have a bad season next year. Back in '79 there was an awful tornado that killed a ton of people and the city was destroyed. We called it Terrible Tuesday. You could probably look it up on the internet. We live in Wichita Falls. I think tornados are an awsome sight as long as no one is hurt. I'm sure your puppy will be fine. Oscar is also afraid of storms. Hopefully no more will head your way though.
Shadow freaked out when we got hit by a tornado. It only has happened once since we got her, but it scared her stiff. She wouldn't stop barking, whining, shaking, or hiding. Try comforting them, it's the best thing possible. edit: Bendidril (if thats how you spell it) works pretty well too. It calms them down.
I live in the Husdon Valley of NYS,the worst weather we get is like Scout said, 2 feet of snow.No hurricanes or tornados.I'm thankful.I have never seen a tornado ,only on t.v. and never want to see one. The worst weather that came remotely close to a hurricane was Floyd,it was a tropical storm,pretty scary. It left us with out power for a week. Lots of trees down and crazy wind. I never want to see that again.
Wow! Gina, I'm glad you are all okay. I have never been through a Tornado, although one touched down in my town about 3 weeks ago. It ripped the roof off the visitor center and flatened one barn. No injuries to people though. It was too far away from where I was to see it or have any damage from it. I am facsinated with Tornados too. (Ever since the Wizard of Oz). I want to see one, but be very far away. How scary that must have been for you.
One MORE reason never to leave CA. We had lots of wind and rain last night. I guess it would not impress any of you that live w/REAL weather. I have boards and a dogloo moved several feet last night, but I think it was just the 2 Labs, working together, that moved it all. More a mystery than a problem. Glad you are still in one piece, Gina!