We were out of town for the long weekend, and didn't even pack our running gear, partly because we knew we'd be pretty busy, but also because the weather was supposed to be stormy. Which it was. If you've seen the news, you're probably aware of the terrible flooding that a good part of Texas has experienced. We planned on driving home from north Texas later Monday afternoon, but a really bad storm was predicted to come in, so we headed out early. Turns out, not quite early enough...we were about 45 minutes from home when an emergency alert came over the radio, saying there was a tornado warning west of us, and headed our direction! Yikes...we were out in the middle of nowhere, so we just kept driving and hoped for the best (although Jeff had plans involving the low-lying bar ditch if we saw a funnel cloud)(which to me seemed like we might survive the tornado but then the flood would get us)(luckily we didn't have to make that decision).
The storm hit just after we went through the little town of Franklin - we could see it coming:
Talk about driving into the eye of the storm!
And then it hit:
Wipers were going full speed, while we'd slowed down to a crawl, with our hazard lights on. Believe it or not, there were cars just ahead of us, but we couldn't even see their tail lights most of the time.
We got to Hearne, where the power was out for the entire town. It was starting to flood a bit - you can see the car ahead of us was going through some deep puddles. Not sure why they didn't move over one lane, like we did - it wasn't as bad there.
And then, about a minute after we got through Hearne, the rain (mostly) stopped - we were ahead of the storm. We made it home just before the storm hit our town, whew!
I don't think I've ever seen our backyard this flooded in the 15 years we've lived here. Front yard fared a little better, except for the river on the side coming from the backyard. And the grassy area in the center of our cul-de-sac? Filled to the top with water! It IS for drainage, so it worked properly, but it was weird to see it get that full in a very short timeframe.
Believe it or not, after all that rain, we got up yesterday morning to run. It wasn't raining, but when we got outside, there was lightening and thunder in the distance, and quite honestly, I wasn't exactly feeling great about coming across some displaced giant snakes in the dark (this was at 5:00 am), so we ended up letting Paco come out and we walked in circles around the grassy area for about a mile before calling it. Points for trying, right?