Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on June-7-2009

We had quite the storm system move through the Front Range today. Five tornados total for the Denver metro area with one touching down only 3 miles west of us. Tina was out enjoying some girl time with our neighbor, and was no where near the action (thank God).

I was home taking care of the Bun when I noticed the very dark clouds just north of us. The wind had started picking up too so I went online to check weather. There was a tornado watch for our area and Doppler radar showed the southern edge of the system skirting by our house.

Within a few minutes, hail started to fall, and I prepared to head down to the basement with Ella. I moved her away from the windows and watched the storm intensify. Hail progressed from pea to almost golf ball size. It was pretty intense for a bit, but then the storm started to subside, and the hail turned to rain. The whole episode lasted about 30 minutes. The pictures at the top of the post show the view out our window and the the size of the hail I picked up after the storm.

I turned on the news and saw that the mall down the street from us had sustained some damage from the tornado pictured above. There was a condo across from the Lowe’s Hardware Store that had its windows blown out and a trailer thrown onto their lawn from across the street. I found some pictures of the trailer and hail on a Flickr account.

Praising our Lord that we’re all safe and sound tonight.

Tina came home this evening from her outing and we snapped these cute pics of her and the Bun. Looking forward to Ella’s Dr. appointments on Tuesday.

Overall Ella’s doing pretty good, but the speed at which she can desaturate when she’s melting down is a bit concerning. It doesn’t happen every time, but when it does, she will pass out within 10 to 20 seconds from the start of the episode. The speed and frequency of these episodes have increased which is why we’re a bit anxious for her to see her Cardiologist and Pulmonologist. She’s scheduled for an Echocardiogram which will probably require some sedation this time so they can perform a proper evaluation.

We appreciate the continued prayer for Ella as well as wisdom and guidance for our next steps in life.

Joel Snyder on June 8th, 2009 at 1:52 am #

Ella, I was happy that I got a call from Dad about the storm and that all of you are safe. I had some pretty hard rain but that was about it. I am praying that you have a good day and some answers on Tuesday. I am back at work and will keep track of your week. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Dirirm Family on June 8th, 2009 at 4:53 am #

That picture of the tornado is amazing and scary. Glad that you all did not sustain any damage.
We will be praying for the upcoming appointment.

Jim and Char Jordan on June 8th, 2009 at 10:26 am #

Glad all is well.

Laura Blackwell on June 8th, 2009 at 11:09 am #

Just had a great opportunity to catch up on Miss Ella. Crazy, you had a tornado that near. She is just adorable. Will be anxious to hear about tomorrow’s doctor appt.

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