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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Rain, Rain---Go Away


Yesterday, George and I drove to Hendersonville (north of Nashville) to check on George's elderly parents. We knew that 'storms' were coming ---but didn't realize at the time just how BAD they were going to be. We ran through a little rain heading to Hendersonville ---but when we got there, the wind was picking up and the temperature had risen to 81 degrees. We KNEW that something was brewing!!!!


We spent the morning working on Mom and Dad's financial work and going through the mail. They made their grocery list --so we headed out for lunch. At that time (around noon), it was still breezy but no rain. We had lunch and got all of their errands run --and got back to their house BEFORE the rains began.



We finished all of the other things in order to help the folks ---and headed home about 3 p.m. There were tornado warnings and even tornado touchdowns in several areas of Tennessee. The skies were black-black-black... Once we got on I-40 heading east--- the rains began to pick up. Once we got near Cookeville, the heavy rains came. We kept on plugging --and George drove us through some of the hardest rain we have been in in a VERY long time. The interstate traffic was heavy ---and we all just prayed and crept along. We saw at least THREE cars which had hydroplaned and lost control of their cars. BUT--there were no accidents (other than those three), praise God.


We finally made it to Crossville, picked up my cousin who was waiting for us, and went to dinner. The rains finally headed east ---and left our area. We made it home safe and sound, only to find no damage here, other than some rain. BUT--we are hoping that there hasn't been too much damage in Tennessee due to the storms yesterday. We heard on TV that Kentucky suffered damage.

AND---we hope that there is no rain today or Sunday ---so that we can show my cousins (and their families) all around our area. I had to laugh when I picked one of the cousins up last night in the pouring rain---and said, "Welcome to Tennessee"...


The good news is that Mom and Dad Adams are still doing GREAT. They are two amazing people!!!

Hope you have a great weekend and don't have storms and tornadoes in your area.



Hugs,

All of the pictures came from the internet in today's post.

51 comments:

Odessa said...

That was scary, Ms. Betsy! I couldn't imagine driving under such circumstance. But I am so glad you're both home safe and sound. whew!

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Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

wow Betsy! I'm happy that you and George are safe! Glad George's parents are doing fine also. It's so wonderful of you two to check in on them. Did you drive through that tornado (pic)??? I hope not. I know my elderly father went out in the bad weather yesterday in Clanton, and had to creep along in his little car. He heard the sirens going off in town. He also said it was some of the worst rain he had driven through. HEAVY downpours, and low visibility. Praying for all of us to be able to see the sun again soon! Love you!

SquirrelQueen said...

That looks and sounds like very nasty weather. I'm just glad the two of you got home safely. It's also good to hear George's parents are doing well.

No rain here this weekend but a cold front is moving through and our night time temps are dropping into the low twenties, brr!

Hugs,
Judy

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: That had to add to the mountain drive with all the driving. Glad the parents were fine.

♥Kathy♥ said...

Ouch, you all got the storms that hit here on thursday. Tons and tons of rain. We were lucky and no severe weather just heavy rain for several hours.

mothernaturesgarden said...

Glad you made it through all the downpours safely. We had a bit but nothing like you experienced. A lot of
wind caused the leaves to rain down. There is a lot of clean up to do now
.

Ocean Girl said...

Wow a tornado in the backyard. Glad to hear you and George got home fine and no damage.

I think it is such a blessing to have wonderful in-laws and am glad they are doing great. It was really wonderful of you to check on them.

I hope you have a great weekend, rain or not.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Whew! That drive doesn't sound like a lot of fun.I am thankful you made it home safely.I guess there is a reason that I pray daily for my friends on the blog.Have a wonderful day.We are celebrating Thanksgiving with Jake's family today.
Blessings,Ruth

Arkansas Patti said...

Aren't you two nice to brave such awful weather to check on George's parents.
Two glads: one you made it safely, two that his parents are doing so well.
Have a good visit with your family and hope the weather calms down.
Be safe.

Jayne said...

We got a taste of it too, but most of the really severe storms stayed to our north....whew. The lightning was impressive indeed. Glad you all made it home safe and sound Betsy. :c)

Sunny said...

So glad that you made it home safe and sound. I've been through a few hurricanes but the thought of a tornado is really scary to me!
George's parents are really amazing.
Enjoy your weekend and thank you for all your kind comments.
Sunny :)

Dorothy said...

Glad the storms didn't blow you and George away!! We had rain and wind and a power outage that lasted all afternoon!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Betsy, glad you and George made it safely home. I HATE driving in the rain on the interstate!!
We had a pretty scary time here too! It started raining and then came fierce lightning and 60 mile an hour winds! I'm not one to be afraid of bad weather but I got quite uneasy during that! Have a better rest of the weekend! xoxo

Shelley said...

Betsy - I was stressed out reading about your drive through the rain! So glad you and George made it home okay! You two be careful! :-)
It rained steadily here all day yesterday and this morning it's finally stopped. Time to walk the dog!
Hugs,
Shelley

diane said...

ooooh! That must have been a scary time on the road. So glad that you got home safe. It is an upside down world. We haven't had rain for months and desperately need some.See
MEMES

Salitype said...

oh! a strong blast of rain and howling wind is enough to get me scared much more seeing those hair raising tornadoes...

here's hoping a sunny and calm Sunday!

T said...

I'm so glad you all are safe! I had heard about the awful weather from friends all over the area and my mom!

Darla said...

GOD IS GOOD!

Pam said...

Glad all is well with George's parents. To bad you encountered so much rain. Have a good time with you cousins while they are visiting.

Snap said...

I do not like driving in the rain. Glad you made your way through that horrible storm and George's folks are doing well. Enjoy your weekend with the cousins!

The Incredible Woody said...

Those storms sure were rolling yesterday. Our tornado siren sounded twice. But only a short power outage here. Glad you made it home safe!!

Diane said...

That was some journey, wasn't it. I heard about the tornadoes this morning and thought of you. My husband says that's ahead of this awful winter cold we're having now.

Kelly said...

Stay dry for Heaven's sake...and stay out of those tornadoes! ;-) Hope the weather clears soon.

Cheryl said...

I found myself holding my breath all the way through your post, as if I was there too! Whew...we might have a very very rare occurance of a tornado touching down here but usually no damage. We are more likely to have hurricanes affect us here. So glad you made it to and fro safely and that George's parents are well. Enjoy your visit with your cousins and I hope you have nice sunny days!

marmee said...

glad all is well on the home front and with the parents too.
i was mowing yesterday when the storms started brewing. it was sunny and then all of sudden blacken skies with lots of wind.
we are supposed to have rain all weekend.
happy autumn.

Cicero Sings said...

Sounds like a pretty tense day of driving. I hope George got a good shoulder rub when he got home!!

I was wondering if you were that close to the tornado that you got a picture .... so was glad to hear the picture was from the internet.

Glad Mom and Pop were well.

-10C (14F) here this morning ... an arctic outflow from the northeast.

Karin said...

Wow, when the wipers can't keep up with the rain it's horrible driving. Thanks God you're home safe and sound. We've got minus temp today and still had snow flurries last night. Love to be safe at home around the fireplace when the weather is horrid outside. Have a refreshing week-end and all the best.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love a good rain storm, minus damaging tornados and ONLY when I am home. Driving in it is scary.
I am glad you were able to visit with the folks and help them out. They are blessed to have you both!!!
Enjoy your visit with your family.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Betsy,

Our storms didn't begin until later last night and what a lightning show we watched! It's really something to watch the storms cross over the mountains know they are headed straight for us. I always check weather.com for updates and there were 33 counties under a Tornado watch over TN, NC,SC,VA...

I'm glad you got there and back safely but I do know how scary it is to be on an interstate with blinding rain..all you can do is pray..that nobody puts on their brakes to hard, no one switches lanes...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Did you eat some of my virtual cupcakes?! hehe

Hugs, Steph

Nonie said...

Betsy,

It was fun meeting you and George last night. Hope I didn't frighten you too much. And if you are looking for the sun today, you may have to settle for "mostly cloudy". Enjoy the family.....

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Tennessee weather...what can we say...except ... wait a few minutes and it will change!!!!
Glad you two made it through ok!!!

Janie said...

I'm glad you made it home safely. Sounds like a scary experience!

Diane AZ said...

Glad you're safe and sound now and Mom and Dad Adams are doing fine. Our weather is cool and mild. We probably won't have any significant storms until next summer. Take care.

Lola said...

Betsy, I am so glad you & George got home fine. Happy to hear his parents are getting along fine also.
That is a fantastic pic you took of the tornado. I hope you all didn't have to drive anywhere near it.
I don't recall us having such bad weather when I was a child. We never heard of tornadoes.

Betty said...

That would be very scary.Were you really that close to a tornado?

Mo said...

Superb photos showing thw weather. Not easy to do, but you have done it brilliantly

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

WOW ... those are amazing photos! I'm relieved that you and George were able to travel safely ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

SmilingSally said...

Betsy, I love the way you and George spend so much time with his folks. I hope that I'm treated as nicely when I reach that age and stage.

amelia said...

That is a scary scenario!! It looks like that at our house right now, it's just teeming and windy. Snow was forecast but it's only raining right now so we'll see what the night brings..

Mary said...

Glad you are home safely. The rain and storms have been just awful for the entire week. Today the sun finally shown for awhile. I'm sick of "wet" for a few days! Glad George's parents are doing well. Always good news.

Wendy said...

Wow!! That pic of a tornado is scary!! I'm glad you got it from the net and not out your car window!!

So glad you made it home safe and sound. Let's hope the rain is done for now. We also have had a lot of rain recently, but we don't get tornados - thank goodness!

Kcalpesh said...

Tremendous pictures in action! Does that kind of a storm happen very often? Hope everytone's safe and fine.

Pixellicious Photos

Denise said...

That weather was something else Betsy and I thought those pictures you got online were very dramatic. Glad George's parents are well and they must feel very blessed that you and George are able to check on them regularly. Have a great Sunday.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

W4e have had so many of those lately. I am so happy you all came through it alright...hugs.m..

Small City Scenes said...

Zowie!!That was some storm to drive through. I am glad the folks are doing great and I am glad everything was fine when you made it home. I do NOT like to drive on the freeway when it is a heavy rain storm. MB

Kirigalpoththa said...

That is some rain..Thought it pours only in the tropics :)

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Daisy said...

Those storms can come up so fast sometimes, it can be quite scary. Glad you got through them OK. I'm glad to hear Mom and Dad Adams are doing well. :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

MY Goodness! The weather was terrible! The photo of the twister is scary...very scary!

Our Back Porch said...

Yes, we surely got it here too! As I watched the weather report {and listened to the siren warning outside} I thought about you when then mention FFGlade!. Little did I know that you were near Nashville in that mess! Glad you are ok!!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Rebecca

Sunny said...

I know for sure that it was scarey situation for you two to be in!! Yes, Kentucky did have really bad weather.

So far, this hurricane season has been quiet here in the gulf of Florida...shhhhh, I better not say that too loud.

Glad you all are doing okay. Hugs.