The Storm March 1, 2017

February twenty eighth two thousand seventeen my husband stated, “We better watch the weather tonight, I heard bad weather is coming!”
Wow! Was he correct! Wave 3 had three meteorologist analyzing and reporting what they knew about the storm, throughout the night. They were providing the general public with times, areas, and expectations. Their timeline was impeccable.
Around 6:20 in the morning, the window was cracked just a smidge to ensure when the storm comes through, we could take cover, a gust of wind blew the curtains similar to a notification stating, “GET UP ITS ALMOST HERE!!!!”
After that first gust of wind everything on the farm went silent. If a pin was dropped it could be heard. Not a blade of grass swayed nor did a cloud dance across the sky. Just absolute stillness and a deathly silence, blanketed the Earth. Within a five minute time period it sounded like our home would be destroyed. By the time I went in to get Nicholas out of bed, to take cover, the sliding glass door was moving in and out, similar to a breathing motion. The walls were shaking, a multitude of items were crashing against the house, terrifying noises were coming from outside while debris was ricocheting off the sides, of the house and barns. It sounded like it went from silence to war zone in less than five minutes.
Finally, it was over. We peaked our heads out of hiding to ensure our safety was not in jeopardy. The electricity had gone off due to down power lines. Around ten o’clock in the morning it was time to venture out for some breakfast. As we drove down Coopers Bottom Rd. the damaging winds or tornados (not sure which to entitle them) had shredded through the Helton’s campground. Picking and choosing mobile homes, trees, power lines and much more.
No matter what, we are blessed. Although it was a terrifying situation we were thankful no one was hurt. The electricians/linemen worked night and day to assist those without power (all of Carrolton/Milton and Coopers Bottom). The city and state road crews worked a great deal and the Emergency Response Team provided the area with necessary warnings, to ensure the safety of all Trimble County Residents.
Thank you to all of those who helped notify Trimble County Citizens of the emergency, the workers who assisted in cleaning up after the storm and all the electricians/linemen who worked under extreme circumstances to turn the power back on. Thanks a million!!!!
Written by: Teena Drake

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