We were celebrating Sue Simpson's 89th birthday at the Caddo Cafe when the tornado siren went off. Sue is the matriarch of GlenMar Ranch in Caddo.
The Caddo Cafe has a television in one corner, and we all looked up as the newsman announced that a tornado had touched down west of us in Tishomingo, and was moving to the east.
Living as they do in "Tornado Alley," Oklahomans take these violent storms seriously. You didn't hear anyone in Oklahoma on the news saying "I couldn't believe that this could happen. It was like a movie."
I expect that's why so few lost their lives compared to the rest of the country as it moved east through Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Still, we were fortunate to escape the path of the tornado. Caddo (on the map below) is just behind the announcer's clip-on microphone on his tie.
It's a birthday none of us will forget!
I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender.
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