If I am driving in the Midwest, it must mean that there is bad weather in the area. Sure enough, as I was driving across Iowa this afternoon there was a tornado warning in effect!
Of course, when they announce a weather alert on the radio, they cite the counties that are affected. I don’t know about you, but I was never required to learn all of the counties of all of the states in the Midwest. As the announcer continued reading the list of 10-15 counties, I tried in vain to remember the last county sign that I had passed. Then, by the time that I had reached the next county sign on the freeway, I couldn’t remember if that was one on the list! I didn’t see anything near me so I just kept on driving.
As I drove east on I-88, I saw the most ominous dark, black clouds in a formation that I had never seen before off in the distance directly to my left. Since they were way off in the distance, I just thanked God that they weren’t over me and kept driving.
However, over the next 1/2 hour, I kept looking over at those clouds. Are they getting closer? There was lightning flashing inside of them yet I was still driving in daylight. It was like looking at the set of a real live horror flick. I just kept driving.
After about 1/2 hour, it became very obvious that they were in fact moving our way! In fact, I was managing to just stay ahead of them. As I looked in my side view mirror, I saw the semi that I had passed some time ago. It looked like a little toy just engulfed in this huge black cloud. I just kept driving!
I managed to stay ahead of them for about an hour, like a surfer out in front of a wave until I entered a road construction zone with a 45 MPH speed limit. They caught me in Downer’s Grove, IL.