Top of my list: tornadoes.
However, I hold a distinct fear that with the changes in weather patterns, they are going to follow me to Pachuca.
I have been in the basement almost non stop since 3pm. We had about five minutes not under a tornado warning thrown in there. At the moment, it has finally let up.
Just days ago a horrific tornado tore through Joplin, MO, not 30 minutes outside the small town I lived in for a year while attending college in the area. Weeks before that a tornado hit Lambert Airport, wrecking a concourse and destroying homes; several of my friends lost everything but their lives that day. Then there are the tornadoes that hit Sunset Hills on New Years Eve.
New Years Eve: that was a scary one. I was on my way home from Mexico and, for whatever reason, the mood struck me to pay the obscene amount of money required to access the internet on an American Airlines flight. (As a side note, I hate that the “day” of coverage only covers one flight when I have to take two to get home, therefore having to pay twice). I went straight to CNN, only to see that severe storms and tornadoes were pummeling my town and the towns surrounding it. I tried to get in touch with my family, but no one was responding to my messages since they were all in the basement.
When I landed in Dallas I found out that my immediate family was fine but an uncle and a cousin had been in a house hit by the tornado and were at a local hospital. I would not find out their exact condition until I landed in STL; they were fine.
Tornadoes have terrified me all of my life. From one that sucked down a plane thousands of feet (narrowly avoiding a crash) when I was 7 to being in the school hallway when I was in 4th grade seeing a giant funnel right outside the glass of the doors, I have felt as though these things were out to terrorize me.
A few weeks back I read an article on CNN which declared that tornadoes are the most terrifying of all natural disasters. As the author notes, there is no where in this country (likely no where in the world) where one can escape any and all natural disasters. We all have the fear of some destructive force of nature hanging over our heads. However, in the opinion of the author, tornadoes are the worst.
People can usually prepare for hurricanes and floods. For the most part, earthquakes come sudden and end fast. You can only predict tornadoes to a certain degree. They can emerge out of no where, without warning, leaving you without a plan or place to go. Or they can taunt you for hours, leaving you to steep in your own panic while confined to whatever shelter you happen to have.
I have about three hours to go before we are officially in the clear. Then again, that could change.