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Things That "I" Thought During a Recent Tornado

Updated on April 29, 2014

This not reality. The would not be outside if a tornado was running wild in his neighborhood


April 27, 2011

April 3, 1974

are two dates that will forever be burned into my soul. Both are tragic dates. Dates of when killer tornados ripped through the area where I live.

April 27 saw a tornado destroy several homes that belonged to my friends and destroy the town of Hackleburg, Alabama (Google for more information) and hardly left a building standing. But today, Hackleburg has made a major comeback--rebuilding and making things new again, but with the ever-present wisdom that a tornado couid happen again in tornado season March through August.

April 3 was when I sat with my mother along with what neighbors could fit into a neighbor's storm cellar and listen to the five (F-5) tornadoes that totally-destroyed a neighboring town of Guin, Alabama (Google for more information) along with severe-damage to more little towns in its pathway.

I wrote this to explain that not all of this piece is comedy. This is not comedy. Tornados and their power to cause death and destruction are certainly not funny.

Please, if you will, remember the victims of the April 28, 2014 tornado outbreak that destroyed many homes and families in the State of Arkansas.



Now it starts again

tornado season. That time of year that everyone where I live starts to look upward and wonder, will it be today or next week, when a "monster tornado" suddenly appears and takes our homes and lives?

If you have ever been in or seen a tornado at a distance, then you know what I am talking about. A tornado, even though it doesn't harm you, can instill in you a certain and deep fear and respect for our Maker who controls these things and yet, we flock to the window of our storm cellar to see just how bad an oncoming tornado really is.

In the text box (at right) I explain how I have been near tornados (which sound like a squadron of F-16 fighters taking off to do war) that were flying through the air and I was terrified to the point of chills running up my spine.

I am not talking Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton's conception of Hollywood-manufactured fear in the movie, "Twister," but the real thing.

And all I can tell you about the real thing, a tornado coming at you, is the most fear and dread you will ever experience.


Now let us

inspect and evaluate the thoughts "I" was having during the April 28, 2014, tornado outbreak that spawned in Oklahoma and came barreling through Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Alabama.

I had no choice to but to focus on my thoughts since I do not own a storm cellar or a "safe room."

But I confess to you. If you can focus all of your mind's energies on real thoughts and not as much on imaginations, you stand a chance of not panicking.

(Note: My list of thoughts I had will begin underneath the photo below)

A twister in Topeka, Kansas years ago

A tornado is a dreadful sight to see on the horizon.
A tornado is a dreadful sight to see on the horizon. | Source
Tornados are so powerful that they can destroy an entire city.
Tornados are so powerful that they can destroy an entire city. | Source
Newswomen are brave to stand out and get stories of tornados.
Newswomen are brave to stand out and get stories of tornados. | Source

. . . . . . Did I pay last month's gas bill?

. . . . . . Sure hope my wife is okay helping our daughter and the grandkids.

. . . . . . I don't think that this storm system is going to be that bad.

. . . . . . Sure is dark all of a sudden.

. . . . . . Why is it so deathly-quiet outside--not even the birds are singing.

. . . . . . Did I tell my pastor's wife "I'm sorry for bumping into her last Sunday?"

. . . . . . I wonder if anyone would miss me if I were carried-away in a twister?

. . . . . . I ain't gonna start hollering 'Auntie Em!' and 'Hurry, Toto!"

. . . . . . That weatherman on TV sure does need a toupee.

. . . . . . Should I go and gather my desktop computer, iPad and my personal valuables?

. . . . . . You fool! If you are taken up by a twister, those things will not be important.

. . . . . . If I do get taken up by that twister they are talking about on television, I can finally know how Superman feels when he is going "Faster than a speeding bullet."

. . . . . . Wonder if I should call my good friends to tell them how much I appreciate them?

. . . . . .A will! I never bothered to make out my will! Oh dear. Ahhh, sigh! Wheew. My wife will get everything I have. What a relief. For a minute there I thought she might dump it all in a yard sale.

. . . . . . It is getting even darker. And quitter. What's that, a jet taking off?

. . . . . . I can't believe it! Those annoying telemarketers never miss a trick--calling me while I am about to be blown to kingdom come!

. . . . . . What's that? Car lights? Oh, whewwww! It's Pam, back from helping our daughter and grandkids.

Pam: Hi, honey. Were you scared that you would be blown away?

Me: Are you kidding? Haw, haw. Me? Scared?

Pam: Then why are you holding onto me like a scared kitten?


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, mecheshier,

      You are very welcome. Have a safe, peaceful weekend and take some time for "you."

      I know what burned-out means. It is far from a sunny walk on a Sunday afternoon in the park.

      So take it easy, my friend. Okay?

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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      Thanks Kennith!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, mechesier,

      So sorry for being so late to respond. I know you are busy. I just miss you. I want you to know that I value your following and friendship a lot.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Au fait,

      Thank you kindly for your insightful remarks and you are right. Worrying does not help any situation. But losing your composure and sense, does. I agree with the when your time is up, it's up, but I am not going to charge blindly into an oncoming freight train to prove this. I value my life too much.

      Come back again, Au fait. You are very intelligent girl.

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      mecheshier 3 years ago


      Yes I am fine. This is my busy time of year and I am seldom on HubPages. Thanks for asking


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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I've been around people who literally lose their minds in a storm if they think there is a tornado "heading straight for them." Think I've witnessed and experienced more tornadoes and strong wind in Wisconsin than I have here in Texas, and we've had some serious tornadoes here. The thing is, tornadoes don't head 'straight' anywhere and are not dependable when it comes to direction.

      Most people head for their cellar or basement when they think a tornado is coming. Not me. I want to see what's going on. I really believe when my time is up, it's up, and when it's not up, it's not up. Worrying makes no difference, though I understand it is all but impossible at times not to worry.

      One is a threat to themselves when they cannot think straight for any reason, whether because of fear or something else. A person who becomes hysterical in an emergency is far more likely to die because they simply cannot help themselves (or anyone else) when they can't think. Believe I read that people who can't think clearly in an emergency raise their possibility of death in that event by 30%. That's a lot.

      Interesting subject and food for thought.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Nadine May,

      Thanks for the compliment. Yes, there are tornadoes here, but many is the time that they pass over us. But they are frightening just the same.

      Who is your son? I probably know him. Yes, you would be missed if you were carried away in a twister.

      And an F5, the biggest scaled twister tornado is powerful enough to lift an airliner or derail a train would not have any problems carrying a person away with its swiriling.

      I want you to be my follower. Okay?

      I am going to read your profile and check your hubs and if I am not following you already, I plan to follow you.


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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What great photos on tornadoes. I've never seen one. Are there Tornadoes in Hamilton? My son lives there and he never mentioned them. I liked your lists of thoughts. ...I wonder if anyone would miss me if I were carried-away in a twister?... does that really happen?

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you, dear friend, for your comment and concern for me. I agree. I do not want to see anymore tornadoes either.

      It was so nice to hear from you. I hope you and yours are fine and enjoying this spring.

      I am.

      Write me again soon.


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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I lived in the midwest and saw a few tornados. It is not pleasant, as you noted. You do process a lot of thoughts while waiting out a twister. I pray you do not see anymore activity this spring.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Radcliff,

      Yes, the human mind can create things in an instant to calm or remind you.

      Thanks to you for the comment.

      Visit me again.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I've read different accounts from people who lived through tornadoes--definitely *not* something I want to experience. It's funny how your mind shuffles so many different thoughts during a life-or-death experience. Thank you for sharing!

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, mecheshier,

      Are you okay? I hope you are happy and peaceful tonight. Thank you for the humble remark, but it is you who is too kind. Oh now. Me? Having a warm heart and spirit? I do not know what to say, but thank you. I can say the same for you.

      You have a peaceful night or day.

      Your life-long friend,


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, CyberShelley,

      How are you tonight? It is very hot down here in northwest Alabama. I am sitting underneath a ceiling fan that is running on HIGH and it is still hot. I am not going to use my air conditioner until I have to--power bills are high down here.

      Thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate it so much.

      We will do our best to stay safe and you do the same.

      Your friend, Kenneth

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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      You are to kind Kenneth. You have such a warm hearted spirit. Yes, God was (and is) with you that day. Indeed you are very blessed.

      Warm regards

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      I have only seen whirlwinds, nothing even close to what you experience. I can only imagine how terrifying it is to watch nature whipping up all you hold dear. May you all keep safe.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, mecheshier,

      My thoughts exactly on the storm of last Monday when I was here alone in my home. Well, I wasn't alone. My Maker and yours was here looking over me as He did you with the tornado chasing you.

      I was blessed with a new friend, YOU, due to the hub about what I thought during that dark three hours.

      I hope you will stay in touch with me.



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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Kennith. You are all to kind and absolutely Right. Life is way to short to take things so seriously. I suppose, if it was my time to go then it would have happened. So I can chalk it up as a good memory. :- )

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, mecheshier,

      That was an amazing memory. I am grateful that you and I are here on HubPages now. I am learning to not take life or it's various twists and turns and good friends like you for granted.


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      mecheshier 3 years ago


      Yes, I remember like it was yesterday. I also remember my mom's complexion was very white and I couldn't figure out why she looked so worried. I was about 4 years old, maybe younger.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you sincerely for your wonderful comment. Thanks for sharing your thoughts of a tornado as well.

      I smiled when I read the part you wrote about a tornado following youi and your family down the road.

      Wow! That had to be exciting.

      Come back and talk to me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      MizBejabbers . . .

      What an interesting comment you left. Thanks a lot. I learned some new things from your comment. And I am thankful that you have a safe room, but remodel it so those dangerous windows won't be a source of concern in the next storm that I can assure you will come.

      I am glad that you and all of my folllowers and family were blessed to survive these storms.

      I am like you. Praying for the survivors in Arkansas. Such a sad event. Similar to the town of Hackleburg, Al., a mere 20 minutes from my house. This town was leveled on April 27, 2011, so sad.

      That broke me down emotionally due us having good friends there.

      Come back and visit anytime.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Catgypsy,

      Yes, here we are again. Severe weather season. I am like you. I hope its a long time before tornados surface again--here or anywhere. Those funnels are scary when you see them flying toward you. I wish now that I had my laptop open and on a new hub and type my thoughts as they happened. The way my hands were shaking, I doubt that that would have been possible.

      You and your little one's stay safe. And yesterday we saw Hobollenia's newest kittens. Three and all have tails. So lovely and cute.

      Thanks for your sweet words.

      Love, Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sweet Sunshine625,

      Thank you so very much for this comment you left. If you haven't experienced a tornado, do not get a sad mindset for you haven't missed anything.

      I would imagine that those people who say that a twister picked them up would be liken to riding a huge roller coaster at Six Flags, Atlanta.

      And roller coasters is one thing Kenneth does not do.

      Please keep in touch with me, dear friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Minnentonka Twin,

      Thank you for the sweet words you left on this hub. I appreciate you very much. I hope that it is a long time for another day like I had comes again. I respect God in all of His creation and that includes tornadoes.

      You have a blessed, sunny day. Deal?

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Stephanie,

      Thank you for your input on this hub. Yes, the human mind is sometimes a place where I can go when things around me are going awry. And that day the storms came was one of those days.

      I visualized a fictional character, "Jebb Jessup," a Kansas wheat farmer and secret prophet, who sees an F-5 twister growling at him from one side of his huge wheat field and slowly walks up to the massive beast and says, "Hey, listen. I own this land. Not you. So if you do not want me to summon the unseen powers of the universe from which you came, I suggest you leave."

      And walks off. The twister starts to fizzle and you can see huge drops of water coming from the top of this swirling circle of death. Jebb always said it was tears of fear. Then continued to peel apples for his wife, Norma, to preserve.

      But thank God, I just sat still.

      I appreciate you, Stephanie so much, along with my other followers who make my life worth picking up my keyboard.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Sheila,

      Thank you for the comment on this hub. I will value your words for some time to come.

      You are so right. The sky was dark as night and the atmosphere was so quiet I could hear a distant bird singing. My dad always said when these things happen, take cover.

      But that time, God was covering me. And I thank Him here on HubPages without apology for being so good to so many.

      And I seek His grace and comfort for the towns in Arkansas who lost loved ones and properties.

      This is part of His ways that I do not understand.

      Take care, Sheila.

      Love, Kenneth, your friend

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, sweet Faith Reaper,

      My thanks to you for reading and commenting on this hub that was a tough one for me to publish.

      Thanks for your liking my thoughts in the storm. Oh, gee. Why didn't I use the previous sentence for my title????? "Thoughts in The Storm," what a better title. Why can't I think then in the present what I want to write?

      Anyway. You are a cherished-friend and follower. I appreciate YOU so much.


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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Sparklea,

      Thank you for your nice comments. You are right. A tornado is very frightening, soul-stirring and brings (me) down to the lowest level of mortality and causes me to know that "I" an less than a myopic speck in the grand plan that God Almighty has laid.

      The only wisdom I can rely on is from Him and I ask Him daily, I may not know all that you are doing, but give me the wisdom to allow me to not get in your way.

      Visit with me anytime, Sparklea.


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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      Great post! Hmmm, I have experienced many natural weather conditions, but never a tornado. Well, only when I was very young. My family and I were traveling through the open plains. I remember a tornado following us on the highway. I thought it was quite fascinating that a tornado would follow our car. :-)

      Thanks for your amazing thoughts while experiencing "a Recent Tornado". Voted up

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Kenneth, something weird happened to my computer when I filed my comment. I didn't typo that. Sorry.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Add YFirst, thank you for remembering the people of Arkansas who were so devastated in the April 27-28 tornados. I live 10 miles from Mayflower and about 20 miles from Vilonia. This is the 2nd time in three years that Vilonia was blown away, and some of these houses had just been completed. What’s left is now being bulldozed and hauled away. Eleven people are dead in our state. I am saddened because I can’t go help them as I’m still recuperating from a broken leg from a fall on the ice this winter.

      I grew up in tornado alley and I am old enough to remember when the little town of Judsonia, less than 50 miles south of where I lived, was blown away and 110 people were killed. There was no weather radar or tornado sirens to warn the people. You are right, tornadoes are not funny, but I’m sure people do have thoughts that later seem comical to them.

      I live in an underground house with my husband and two cats and have written negatively about it. Now I am thankful for it. Although we have felt very safe these last 20 years, I told Mr. B that maybe we should think about going to one of the inside bathrooms or the wash room during a tornado because of the tremendous suction. (One woman was killed inside a safe room in her house when something shattered the door.) We do have very large windows that face the river on the south side of the house, and our bed is right in front of one. Some of the tornadoes track the river bed, but so far none of them have come up to our house, but there’s always a first time.

      Lets keep these tornado victims in our prayers, in all the states that were affected. Many good people were injured or lost family members. Voted up++

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      catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

      We go through this every year and like you, I don't have a storm cellar or any place to really protect myself. I'm glad we made it through and hope it's over for awhile! All we can really do is pray and hope it doesn't hit. Great hub for people who have never been through this.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've never experienced a tornado and never want to. I've survived many hurricanes in Orlando, but at least we have time to prepare...I wish residents in tornado areas had more notice to save themselves and their loved ones.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Kenneth-So glad you made it through another tornado. I thought it was really cool how you shared the thoughts you had while you waited out the storm. I think those thoughts not only saved you from complete panic, but also put things in perspective. My prayers are with all those who lost so much. God Bless my friend and I continue to pray that you all stay safe this tornado season.

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      Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

      With tornadoes in the news so much the last few days, I did wonder what might go through one's mind while crouched in a closet waiting for a tornado to pass. This was so funny, but I imagine that in these circumstances, some very weird things flit through your brain! I've read some of your other hubs...maybe weird things flitting through your brain is not unusual? :)

      Voted up and shared with followers.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I can't say I know how you felt because I've never had to face being in the path of a tornado. But I will tell you it scares me half to death when the news puts out tornado warning, the sky gets black, and the wind is blowing trees so hard they're bending over. My thoughts are always "Where's the best place to sit in the basement if one really comes?" and "Can I get the cat into his carrier and get him down there with me in time?" I'd go crazy if I had kids to worry about. Thanks for telling us your story and thoughts.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kenneth,

      I am glad to know you survived this past night, and more to come this night! We are all okay thank goodness. I am sadden by the loss of life.

      Yes, just three years ago almost to the day of such total destruction here in our state! We will never forget.

      On another note, those are funny thoughts to think.


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      Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Kenneth, voted up, useful, funny and interesting. Loved it all. I have never seen a tornado, but it must be absolutely terrifying. I have all the people in these states in my prayers...I don't even know what to pray, it is such a disastrous tragedy. I can only place the whole thing in God's hands. How can anyone doubt the existence of spiritual forces when wind that powerful can uproot trees and cause so much destruction. It just blows me away... NO PUN INTENDED and I was not being a smart alec. God bless, Sparklea