There's a tornado watch until 1:00 a.m., and a severe thunderstorm warning along with freshened flash flood warnings for already above flood stage rivers and streams.
It never just rains here, it storms. The typical rain here in Arkansas is what we used to call a cloudburst in upstate NY. The rain coming down is too heavy for windshield wipers to clear your vision, so you drive slow or you just stop.
I don't do so well in thunderstorms. Right now, lightening flashes and there are no seconds to wait for the huge thunder claps. This storm is different in that it has pauses between downpours, which makes me stop and hold my breath while straining to listen for signs of a tornado.
For the life of me, I don't get the benefits of this kind of fear. It's not like I have many options. I'm inside, and that's as safe as I can get.
The wind just whipped up now, shuddering the walls and the windows in their frames.
The last day of the month, and it is lion-like. No doubt about it.
I think I'll go hide under my covers.