This past weekend was filled with lightening, thunder, hail, floods and fire. You would have thought the apocalypse was happening!! It all started Friday morning when the rain began and continued nonstop. That night would bring the lightening show that would stay with us all through Saturday and into Sunday. Saturday morning would bring with it hail that was large enough to wake me up out of a drunken sleep the next morning. Continuing throughout the day were alarms warning about tornadoes and flooding around the area. The rain was constant and the thunder was soothing, but a lot of people were trapped at home from the surrounding floods. I believe 2 children were killed from the flooding.. a boy of 6 and a boy of 12. Sad day…
Saturday evening was met with the hellish events. I’m driving towards the city across the river when I happen to look at the sky which was covered in dense, black fog. At first I thought it was the storm clouds and they just happened to look like Satan was razing from the depths of hell to lay torment on the people.
Kind of nerve wracking to say the least…
I cross the bridge nervously then turn left around a building and lo and behold a great, black cloud of smoke was pouring from the ground 3 miles from where my car was, and I was heading directly towards it. This, I imagined, was Satan’s ground zero and there was nothing I could do to change course. I guess I could have, but I was more ready to just get to my Mamaw’s and take a bath.
Anyways, fast forward 3 miles and I see what is causing the scene of smoke. An elementary school was COMPLETELY engulfed in flames. The entire school. THE ENTIRE SCHOOL. In flames.
There were people on the side walks parallel with the school watching the scene as fire fighters and police were trying to fight the beast. They had water raining on high using shower plus the weather just so happened to be on their side. Fire fighters were everywhere using the truck hoses to knock out the roaring flames and they were doing good to keep it controlled.
Driving past, I could feel the heat from the building which was roughly 50 yards from the road I was driving on. It was absolutely intense.
The fire apparently started around 3:30pm and I drove past it at 7:15pm when the building was engulfed. I left Mamaw’s at 9:30pm and the flames were still burning the building, but it wasn’t near like it was before. I drove back past at 11:15pm and there were embers, but no longer standing flames. The next day I pass it once again around 10:45am and there is still smoke rising from the ground.
I never knew how long building fires lasted, but I question it no longer. That thing lasted damn near 24 hours.
The fire was the most exciting event that took place in the city this last weekend. I do feel bad for the teachers and students because that is a lot of people without work or education. The specific elementary had a large populace I can only wonder where the school board will separate them.
The storm broke Monday morning with the sun shining and not a cloud in sight. Though tragedy struck and wonders were had as this weekend wrapped up. I hope everyone else had a calmer weekend than we did.