Those are really not sounds you want to hear. And when you are in the Denver, Colorado, area, they are very unusual. But this afternoon, about 4:45, first we heard the tornado sirens. It wasn't long until our phone sounded the weather alert. We hustled to the Cherry Creek State Park campground restroom building, just down the road. We weren't alone.
People also brought their pets. There was some barking, but overall the animals were well-behaved.
This is what the radar looked like. Some people were taking it seriously, especially those from the mid-West.
I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but it rained very hard for a while.
When the tornado warning expired, we braved the rain to return to our RV and dinner, which I was just about to serve when we heard the sirens. Thankfully, we still had electricity and I could warm up our chicken nuggets (left over from when our grandchildren visited last week) and vegetables. And we could get back to our wine, which we had been sipping when we left.
We have only had to take shelter from a tornado warning once before, in Denton, Texas. That time, we drove to a car wash and waited out the worst of the storm. Although there were 30 to 40 people sheltering in the restroom today, obviously most of the 250-300 campers here ignored the weather warnings. Maybe they have never seen what a tornado can do. We preferred warmed-over chicken nuggets to being blown around in an overturned RV.
There is still a flash-flood warning for our area, but we are nowhere near the lake or Cherry Creek. We saw this good news in the sky a little while ago.
All is right in God's world, at least right here, right now.