Arkansas, arwx, storms, weather

2nd Largest Tornado in Northwest Arkansas

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve been so super busy. As some of you know, I recently quit my job and opened my own women’s clothing store. It’s a scary thing to do, diving into the unknown. But I really think it’s going to be amazing. As long as I put the work in.

But now on to what I really want to tell y’all. On Sunday, we had severe weather. Now normally, I’m very vigilant with storms. I usually stay weather alert and stay up watching Darby Bybee, Chief meteorologist on 40/29 news, live videos. But I was so exhausted, I just fell asleep. Around 12:15pm, I was woken by my phone flashing and the faint sound of tornado sirens. Crap, how could I have fallen asleep at that time. I hopped out of bed, woke up my husband, grabbed blankets and pillows, threw them in the tub; the girls bathroom is our safe space; grabbed my girls and took shelter. We don’t have a basement. I turned on Darby on FB and watched as he told us what was going on. I also text my girlfriend Kandie and Mother In Law.

Luckily we were ok. We weren’t in the path of the tornado. But the NWS in Little Rock confirm that Northwest Arkansas has two tornados touch down. One from Eastern Oklahoma to Siloam Springs. And the second one went from Siloam Springs, through Cave Springs, through Highfill, through Rogers, all the way till Avoca. And that tornado was about 1.5 miles wide.

Here is a map of the path of the tornado. I am the blue mark on the map. Close.

So needless to say, that was a scary situation. And the aftermath was sad and devastating. Not as bad as Joplin as this tornado was an EF-1 and Joplin was an EF-5. But still very sad.

And now we are supposed to get anywhere from 2-6 inches of rain in the early morning. So now everyone with roof damage will not have water damage as well.

I guess NWA just can’t catch a break yet.

**The tornado was just upgraded by the NWS to a EF-2 tornado.**

Arkansas

Storms

One thing I haven’t got used to here in Arkansas are the storms. The storms here are like no other. In California, you never saw storms like these. Hell, we barely saw rain. We were always in a drought.

Where we live is considered a part of Tornado Alley. However due to the Ozark mountains, as I have been told, it seems storms rarely develop tornados but if they do it’s usually EF-0 or EF-1 tornados.

We do get lots of thunderstorms, tornado watches, and tornado warnings though. And the most active time for this is April though August and then some time in the fall.

The weather here scares me sometimes. But it’s also exciting. Because we’ve never experienced this before. This year we’ve already had two tornado warning and I’ve had to take shelter twice while at work. So instead of my kids doing earthquake drills at school like back in California, they to tornado drills.

This weather does scare my children a lot. Take right now for instance. We are under a severe thunderstorm watch. And the loudest crack of thunder just happened about 10 minutes ago. They started screaming from their room so I had to go and get them. I put them in my husband and my bed with him. And I am currently laying on my kids bed. In the bottom bunk. Storms still freak them out.

I’ll post some video of some of the storms that happened here below. Do you live in an area that gets bad storms? Tell me about it in the comments below.