Tonight will be one year since we missed an EF2 tornado by a mere half mile. I'll be much more cautious from here on out. We might have missed the tornado but we still had wind damage. In fact, we still haven't repaired some of the damage. It's on the "To do" list but we just haven't had enough time to tackle the projects (new roof on the run in shed, new fence, etc.). All are time consuming and we just haven't made it a priority but we need to....very soon.
All I can say is that we were darn lucky. What little damage we had is fixable. The neighbors lost their entire house and the farmer neighbor lost his barn. So I won't complain about a little bit of repair that still needs to be done.
I have been much more edgy when storms roll through ever since the tornado. I've never been closer to a tornado than I was a year ago. There have been a few that have hit our area and we were three or four miles away but never that close. I'd like to keep it that way. I still look at the power lines and power poles and see all the new poles and lines. I can still see the path were the tornado hit. The trees tell a story, even if the houses are rebuilt and the new growing season is upon us.
I know other areas are much more heavily trafficked with tornadoes but in our neck of the woods it doesn't happen all that much. So this summer season of thunderstorms and tornados, I'll be more on edge and ready to run to the basement.
Hard to believe it's been a year. Time really does fly.