It's actually not hard to describe T-Town today. One of my friends said it perfectly, "Had we known how bad April 27th was going to be, beforehand.... this is probably what April 26th would have looked like." Classes have been suspended after 1 or so and traffic is heavy. People are hitting up the Wal Mart, grocery stores and dollar stores for supplies, just in case the worst happens. Attendance this morning was low as many students simply assumed all classes would be cancelled for today. Many who can, have already left for home.
Now, most of us are well aware that April 27th was a once in a century type outbreak but Its hard to fault us for being extra on nerve this time around. Reports are all over the radio and local TV that this evening and tonight will be no false alarm and tornado watches are springing up to the north in Tennessee as we speak. What has even more people on edge is the comment "the warmer it is before the storm, the more extreme you can expect it to be." Right now its around the high 70s, but add deep south humidity and it feels like the low 80s which feels even hotter as we were flirting with freezing not too long ago.
It's surreal right now, considering all this is going on on what would any other day be considered great weather. The wind makes the strange jump in temperature relaxing, the sky is as blue as on could want it too be and only a few clouds here and there. Some of my fellow students claim they can "smell" a storm coming but really, it feels nothing like the gray cold eeriness of early April 27th.
My advice to everyone in the city of champions.... make sure your radio has batteries and get everything you need to do today, done by 3 or 4. Schools are getting out early all around the county so finish errands as you pick up your kids but try not to do too much, traffic is only going to get worse. Praying for everyone in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the south to stay safe today! Roll Tide!