Yestarday was our first tornado watch of the season (about a month earlier that we're used to). I learned last year never to underestimate the weather in Illinois. On April 2nd we had what they called "straight line winds". Hubby and I had just finished watching a movie, I flipped the DVD player off. I remember that there wasn't any warnings or anything on the t.v. I turned the t.v. down, because I could hear the wind picking up. It all happened so fast, but I remember every second like they were each an hour. I glanced up at the window, through the blinds I could see a orangish/redish glow. Then there started a low rumbling. Quickly it was defening. I remember the preasure change, like the air was thin. At the same time, hubby had noticed the wind picking up in the back bedroom. He picked up his weather radio and was turning it on while walking out of the room. I rounded the corner of the living room, seeing him standing there looking kind of confused I grabbed his hand and I remember hearing myself yelling, "Its Coming!". I pushed him into the middle bedroom and into the closet. I jumped in after him and slammed the door closed. He was still going, "Whats Going On?!". The full blast of the "wind" came down on us and it was like an explosion. I thought for sure the house had colapsed around us. Then it was over. We heard the rain ontop of the house and I peeked the door open. The room was still there. The house was fine. I was begining to wounder if I had imagined it. But as we got around, it was obvious that something had happened.
This first picture was our damage. This is our back alley. My husband's homemade "lean to" was blasted apart. Parts of it were all over the neighborhood. We were so thankful that neither of our dogs happened to be under it.