We’re Not in Georgia Anymore

In a strange and horrible turn of events, a tornado swept through Ft. Stewart, Georgia where we used to live.
No one was severely injured, no one died, but a number of places and possessions were destroyed. People are displaced.

We still have friends there, so on Facebook, we saw a lot of photos of the damage and a few videos of the tornado.

One of the videos seems to have been taken from in front of our former house.

FIL doesn’t understand how we know it’s our house, since the house number is blurry and as he said, “All the houses look the same.” Well, when you live somewhere for seven years, you know. That’s the same dead bush there on the right. The same sidewalk curve and electrical boxes where we dug Moo out of a sinkhole. The same view down the street. We know, cause we lived there.

Imagine seeing tornado footage from in front of your old house. Trippy, huh?

After determining that all my friends were safe, my first thought was, “Thank God I didn’t die in a tornado in Georgia!” I’da been so pissed!
If you’ve been reading me for a while, then you know how happy I am not to live in Georgia anymore, how happy I am to be home.

It’s not about the tornadoes; we have tornadoes here much more frequently. I’ve written about it already. I’m really glad the tornado didn’t come through while we lived there. Poor Sassy already has fear of “nornadoes.”

If I’d died in a hurricane in Gerogia, I’da said, “Oh dang.” But I can die in a tornado right here at home, thank you very much.

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indiana state capitol, kshelton, photographer

Anyone who understands my feelings on this matter, you just give yourself a cookie or a gold star or a beer, because I can offer you no reward.

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42 Responses to We’re Not in Georgia Anymore

  1. La Sabrosona says:

    Holy crap! So freaky. Happy to hear that your friends are unharmed. I have a fear of tornadoes as well. We get them here once in a blue moon. By here, I mean in Ontario, not necessarily the city I live in. There was one about a 20 minute drive east of me a few years back, whipped through my brother’s neighbourhood and luckily it spared his house. Definitely not as powerful as the ones in the States. Ps. I’m really glad you didn’t die in a tornado xx

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  2. garym6059 says:

    That would be kind of eerie to see, it’s been a wacky winter weather wise!

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  3. Oooh, these images are not amusing. Just glad everybody is ok, for example you!

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  4. Wow – that video is so spooky! I’m so glad people you know are OK. What a mess. It’s just amazing to be the destruction that can be caused by a tornado. Everything looks like a pile of toothpicks afterwards.

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  5. Glad your friends are safe. It’s always scary to see this kind of events and knowing that we could have been there too. I have been close to a few wildfires in California, but our home has never been directly threatened and I missed the most recent earthquake (1989) by a few months. So I consider myself and our family very fortunate, especially now that strong climate changes affect every part of the world.
    Glad you are home and safe.

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    • joey says:

      Yes, there’s something eerie about it being too close to home, or where you don’t belong. It’s good to be fortunate. Thank you for your thoughtful comment 🙂

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    I am glad you didn’t die in Georgia, for any reason.

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  7. jan says:

    I heard from a friend in Florida that they were having wild weather! I have been through tornadoes in Michigan and Kansas City – not fun!

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  8. Benson says:

    I know precisely how you feel. I experienced a few harrowing experiences and my first thought was Lord don’t me die here I gotta go home.

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  9. Norm 2.0 says:

    That has to be an eerie feeling indeed. Glad no one was seriously hurt. Broken stuff can be replaced; people, not so much.

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    • joey says:

      Yes, it really is amazing no one was badly injured or killed. It’s unfortunate people are displaced and the whole post must work together to clean up, but at least they have one another.

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  10. dalecooper57 says:

    Phew, lucky escape.
    (And from the tornado too)

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  11. Carrie Rubin says:

    I lived in Iowa for a while. June was tornado month. But here in Ohio we get warnings too. Several years back, one touched down in a town barely five miles from us. Seeing so much damage so close to your own home is pretty sobering.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    We watched on TV in horror one night as a Weather Channel reporter stood in front of a property we still owned in FL. We were living up north, and this guy was talking about how by morning a hurricane would be coming through and destroying our condo. Fortunately, the guy exaggerated and our property was spared by the storm. But talk about anxiety!

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  13. We complain about snow here in Buffalo, but I’d much rather have snow than tornados. Tornados are nasty.

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  14. Judy Martin says:

    I think I would have a fear of tornadoes too! It must be so weird looking at that footage and seeing your old house again. Thank God nobody was hurt, but it must be terrible to have homes destroyed and all possessions.

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  15. Josh Wrenn says:

    So glad people are okay.
    My question is what the hell is the video person standing there filming it when it is coming right for said person?

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    • joey says:

      My guess is that she wasn’t afraid. I wouldn’t be afraid either. There are a lot of us unafraid of small tornadoes. Kinda like we grew up with them and got used to them. I’ve watched many. I didn’t say it was rational, just likely.

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      • Josh Wrenn says:

        Well, as far as tornadoes go, it did look small, but I think even the small ones are pretty dangerous. That’s what basements are for.

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        • joey says:

          No basements on Ft Stewart, sadly.
          I dunno, some people (like Sassy) are terrified of storms. Lots of us are of the opinion that until we hear it, there’s no danger, and even then, it’s so random. When the kids are home and the sirens sound, I take them to the safe place. When they’re not, I open my front windows and wait. I guess I can’t explain it. The Mister says, “It’s gonna kill you or not. No reason to freak out.” Of all the things that scare me, tornadoes do not.

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  16. Wow. I think I’ve lived in just about every natural disaster type in the U.S. Tornadoes are by far the scariest…so unpredictable. I felt a bit like this when I saw my old neighborhood flooded so badly in Charleston. We have that here in PA., but like you, I’d rather be destroyed at home. ☺ Small comfort.

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  17. Fortunately here in Edmonton we don’t any really scary weather except for the odd tornado. About 25 years ago a massive one ripped through the city killing people and destroying a bunch of property.

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    • joey says:

      They are remarkable forces. Our last big one to touch down in Indy was 2005, took out a nice chunk of the city’s southside, fewer than 10 fatalities, but hundreds sustained massive injuries.

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  18. ghostmmnc says:

    Glad you weren’t living there anymore when the tornado came. I understand how you can tell it was your neighborhood, since landmarks you see every day are there. I’ve been in an F-5 tornado years ago. I’ll post my story one of these days. Were y’all a military family? We lived on Army base housing quite a lot over the years.

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  19. Anxious Mom says:

    Glad your friends are fine and that you weren’t there.

    Now…a sinkhole?! Dear lord.

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  20. April says:

    Although my real home doesn’t necessarily have tornadoes, I would rather die from an earthquake or volcano blowing up at home than a tornado in Georgia. I understand.

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  21. Outlier Babe says:

    I’m over continuing last might’s “better get to know Joey better, finally” journey, which somehow last night began at posts in mid-January. So I now know there’s Sassy in addition to Moo, and she’s young enough to sound cute, cute 🙂 .

    I also now know, finally, (shamefully that it took me this long to learn it) that you are a very good writer. You just crank out post after post, coming up with topics as if not scraping a barrel, and none of the language feels tiresome or repetitive. When you talk to your readers, it sounds like we’re across the kitchen table from you. That last alone is quite a skill, and I’m guessing it’s not a skill at all: That you are just that way.

    It IS an odd feeling to be brushed, even remotely, by a tornado. My first house was sucked away by one, years after we left. I missed it, looking at the gap where it once stood.

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  22. marianallen says:

    Thanks — I’ll have a Celtic Craic on Wednesday. And a Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout on Thursday.

    Our next-door grandson was scared of tornadoes when he was little (still is, if he’s smart). But they didn’t have a basement, so they had to come to our house, sometimes in the middle of the night, when there was a Tornado Warning. To keep him from being scared, we instituted Storm Parties. I would bring down snacks and juice and there were special toys that only got played with during Storm Parties. We would all pretend we were having fun, and then we WERE having fun. lol

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  23. reocochran says:

    This would be a mindbender, one that would make you wonder about life itself and tornadoes in the same area as you lived is Freaky! Joey, glad you live where you do, also that no one you knew was hurt. . . take care, my friend. A close one, in my mind. Imagining this as something horrendous should it have happened where I used to live!

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  24. markbialczak says:

    Sure you’d know that view, Joey, burned into your mind from seven years of life’s looking. And your twister logic makes sense. Better not down there.

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