Yesterday’s Tornado Watch Brought Back Memories
The year was 1999, and I was doing a remote for WTUG radio station in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was a joint effort with some of our other stations in the building. It was a Saturday morning and a beautiful day at this car dealership giving away a car. I don't know how it passed by, but somehow the fact that we had a tornado watch didn't faze us. I believe we thought it would be later and we would have time to do the remote and get home safely.
Well, the man up above had different plans. Not even an hour after we started the remote, the sky turned dark. The beautiful sun that was there had all of a sudden left. We all went inside the car dealerships building. That may not have been the best idea, as it was predominately made of glass.
I saw the tornado forming, and I had never experienced nor seen anything like that before. It seemed to take over the sky and, within 30 minutes, leave. I was trying to reach my wife and couldn't. When I tell you I was worried, that is an understatement. I found out later she was taking a shower. Ironically, she was in one of the safest places to be in the home. We also found out later that although the tornado didn't last long, it did plenty of damage and claimed the lives of about ten people in the area.
When we got the tornado watch for us yesterday, I was prepared to make sure my listeners knew the deal, and I was hopeful I could do something to keep them safe. Luckily for us, we only got some scattered showers throughout the city, but no major threat to my people. It doesn't matter how long it has been, once you go through it, you never forget how you felt.