Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Treacherous


Have you ever taken your life in your hands (or in the car) to drive in a rainstorm?  We "had" to make a trip from Fredericksburg to Boerne to meet up with my daughter, so hubby could take Carson to baseball practice. (And of course baseball practice was cancelled by the time we arrived.) We started out from Fredericksburg, where there was no rain, but heard on the radio that it was raining pretty hard in the southwest. You have to understand that rain doesn't happen all that often, and the weather predictors are usually off base. So we headed South.

About 15 miles down the road, it started to thunder, loud enough to rattle the windows on the car. And the lightning was also lighting up the thunderheads. It started to rain buckets! Where our south road meets up with Route 10, there is a Love's Truck Stop, so we pulled in there to try to wait out the storm, as, like I said, we seldom have downpours in Texas.  

We watched the radar on the IPhone (Weatherbug, for those who might want the app), and the orange and yellow seemed to be continuing on our way. Hubby decided to risk it, and we got back onto the highway, then onto Route 10 to Boerne. I can't tell you how hard the rain came down. And idiots kept flying past us on the 4-lane highway like there was no concern at all. We kept a steady but slower pace, and it made me really nervous. Thank heaven there was no hail, just torrential rain. There were flash flood warnings for those low spots in the Hill Country, but none on Route 10. 

The usual one hour trip took us an additional 45 minutes. We had plenty of time, actually. Boerne got 2 1/2 inches, and some towns around also got several inches of rain. 

Have you ever been caught up in a storm? I'm joining in today with Two Shoes Tuesday with the prompts "rattle" and "risk". Check out the site for other stories from these words.

Have a great week!
Linda Kay

25 comments:

Tabor said...

Yes, I remember one particular difficult time driving through Nashville on a move and I was following my husband and had no idea where I was as I only saw red tail lights ahead. It was a terrible experience and in the future I will pull over until the storm passes.

eileeninmd said...

Oh yes, I have been thru many lightning storms on the way home from work..Some were very scary, rain so hard you could not see out the windows.. Thank God you were safe and pulled over.. Have a happy Tuesday!

Anvilcloud said...

I remember one night storm where the lightning blinded us and caused me to pull off the road for awhile. I have also driven in bad winter conditions. :(

Revrunner said...

Whew! Glad you came through it all right.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Glad you came out okay.

I was in Katrina.

Saucy Kodz said...

I was out on my motorbike when a sudden storm came up. I drove as far as I could and finally came upon a raised crossroad, so stopped the bike under the raise. Stayed there till it stopped raining as it was a downpour. We watch the weather very carefully round these parts, but today the weather is so mixed up, one never really knows, eh. Can be quite scary at times with thunder n lightning.

Val said...

I am frightened reading this. Sometimes, during torrential rains, I had to pull over to the side of the road and wait. Or wait under the underpass. Take a risk and boy, get rattled.

John's Island said...

Hi Linda Kay, Is this another part of Climate Change? Do you believe in it? How did the roast turn out yesterday? I love a good roast and more so now that I've learned how to make a great one in the electric pressure cooker without having to cook it all day.

Cherdo said...

I'm taking my life in my own hands daily - my son just got his license. Still waiting for the moment when I relax while he drives. I may need pharmacology.

TexWisGirl said...

i hate that sort of white-knuckle driving situation!

Gwen said...

Well, keep in mind I live in southern California, where rain storms are becoming quickly a distant memory. But if it's raining hard (by our standards), I refuse to drive the freeway anymore. I will double my drive time to and from work to take surface streets only. I'm too old to put up with that kind of white knuckle madness that is idiots trying to drive 65 or more mph in driving rain.

Glad you arrived okay!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Sometimes it rains so hard that everyone has to pull over because you cannot see a thing...wish we would get that kind of rain and soon:)

Rose said...

Oh, yes, we have got caught in a storm or two like that. They even made me nervous when I was younger. Like you say, idiots driving as if it were clear blue skies...makes one afraid to slow down much. In fact, my husband got rear ended by someone flying like that in a storm.

Re the bell peppers in my bell pepper casserole dish...I used to could not eat bell peppers either, that was part of the reason I developed this dish. I still get the flavor, but don't eat them.

I can now eat bell peppers, but I still don't really want to eat them like this...I just like them fresh!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Once drove for a while through a snowstorm. Then it became a "white out," and I had to stop for two hours.

Mike said...

A few times it's been raining so hard the wipers can't get the rain off the windshield fast enough.

Linda W. said...

Living in Portland, where it rains a lot, I've been caught in many a storm. It's funny how a little water falling from the sky totally bogs down traffic - even here where we're used to it.

Gosia k said...

I love your post greetings from turkey

ivy walker said...

It really is a hair raising experience isnt it? The hood of my dad's car was struck by lightening when he was driving. He was fine but the car was totalled. He was told during a thunderstorm if you have to drive to make sure all the vents and windows are closed in case of lightening as it will find its way in... He followed that thank goodness! Our house was also struck once... the torrential rain is often enough when driving never mind everything else!

William Kendall said...

I've driven through storms, both rain and snow, and it does demand that much more concentration and care than one is already giving the car.

The Yum List said...

Oh yes, we've had some frightening rides here in the tropics when we've been caught in thunderstorms and flash floods.

Old Egg said...

So glad you chose not to get through it quickly but did so carefully with safety in mind.

DeniseinVA said...

It is very scary driving in that kind of weather. We have some real torrential downpours in Virginia, especially in the summer. I remember the first one I experienced, I couldn't believe that rain. The visibility was almost down to zero.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Oh yes I have, and it is scary! I worry about those crazy speeding drivers with minimal visibility, I worry about flooding washing out the roads or swamping my car, I worry about hail damage, I worry about arriving safely. A year ago we drove home from Lubbock in a downpour so bad we had to pull off the road because we couldn't see and didn't want to hit someone or be hit. I love rain... but a nice gentle shower is so much better, and the thirsty ground likes it better too! I'm glad you arrived safely, if a little weary for the wear and tear on the nerves! We use our "WeatherBug" app daily, and I watch the weather where my children live too! :-)

Rory Bore said...

I don't know if I have ever seen a rain storm that bad up here.. but definitely I have had to drive in a terrible blizzard. or black ice on the road! talk about white knuckles on the wheel.
but we do try to avoid driving in most of those extreme conditions. but our measure is a bit off because up here -- you actually LEARN to drive in those conditions. like, you don't have a choice sometimes.

Patricia said...

Torrential rain storms can be scary. Glad all is well with you and yours.I love to watch them approach from the west as I sit in my nice dry cozy apartment but do not like being out in them.

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