We just had a terrifying hour and a half here in the Dallas Fort Worth area as tornadoes rolled through! It was not so much the presence of 2 tornadoes on the ground nearby that scared me, it was the fact I could not reach my wife and our little 3 year old girl.
I’m attaching a video of one of the tornadoes as it touched down in Arlington, Texas, where we live. When the tornado sirens went off (thank God they worked) my team and I here at the university were able to get safely to a basement; but being down there prevented me from getting a phone signal, so I was not able to call my wife and daughter to confirm they were safe. The wait seemed forever!
It turns out my wife was in a similar situation, cut off with no phone signal. She’d out shopping with our 3 year old girl, and was forced to take shelter in a Walmart. Well-meaning staff tried to get everyone herded into the center of the store.
Fortunately my wife had a better idea. She took our little girl back to a load bearing wall and into a ladies room. She then got them into a metal stall, away from the mirrors. Fortunately for everyone there the tornadoes passed them by unharmed.
As you’ve seen in this video of just one of the tornadoes that touched down in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas an hour ago, it was a seriously scary storm. And the worst part was the sense of helplessness I felt as a husband and father that I couldn’t reach them.
Moms probably feel the same, but there’s something about being a guy and a dad, that makes you feel the safety of your family is ultimately in your hands. I know it’s really just the illusion of control in an uncontrollable situation, but I wanted to be there.
I wish you and yours safety as we move through this year’s tornado season!