I’m not sure how I was so unaware of the weather situation today. Almost subliminally I overheard some people saying, “The tornado almost hit Arlington!” I slowly realize that my house, that I’ve lived in for seven years now, is in Arlington. Duh.
So all of a sudden, I get off the phone and what is usually a dull mumbling of people (rabble rabble) had become very, very quiet. One sole girl who sits about two cubes down from me was walking away, I asked, “Uh, are we evacuating?” She nodded yes.
So, the entire office evacuated to the main stairwell and corridor in the middle of the building. The very glass-fronted entrance was visible, but we were kept at a safe distance by the security people.
Everybody was on their phones and ipads trying to figure out what the weather situation actually was, and it was super, SUPER dark outside.
All of a sudden it sounded like someone was dropping bricks out of the sky. Everyone kind of rushes the door to see what’s going on, but I knew it was hail.
I’ve never had any of my cars outside when there was a hailstorm and I was strangely calm. I’ve only had my last car for a few years, but I guess there’s times to worry about things, and times that it’s not a big deal.
One of the employees had a completely smashed windshield, my car got some good sized dings but the hail was only (“only”) golf ball sized, so I got off easy. No damage at the house, minimal damage on the car.
I’m super SUPER impressed with my company and how they took care of the employees. While I didn’t hear the initial evacuation command, we were kept out of harm’s way very well.