If your dog starts to howl like sound effects in a scary grade C movie, be ready to act quickly! That howl mostly likely means your pet’s ears hurt from the dramatic change in air pressure.
As Hurricane Matthew approaches, tornadoes will likely be spotted, but before a weather station has time to report, your dog will probably let you know to hit the deck or head for the basement. We actually have one, which is rare in Florida, but then our house is 111 years old.
If you don’t have a basement to hunker down in, hop into an empty bathtub. Or crawl beneath a sturdy bed or table until a tornado passes.
Hopefully, you’re seeing this before a serious weather event. If so, you may still have time to stock your basement, bathroom, or other safe place with a jug of water, large flashlight, snacks, battery-operated radio, and bedding.
For more tips on storm preparations, see the previous post, “Pre-prayer and prepare for a storm.”
A hurricane can go on and on for hours – even a couple of days, but a tornado rips through an area and is gone. Other clues besides your pet’s warning are winds whipping trees in one direction then another. But especially look for a greenish-yellow sky, the color of a bad bruise that’s beginning to heal. Should that occur, don’t be shy about copying Jesus’ example and praying, “Peace be still, in the Name of Jesus.”
May God keep your family safe – and mine.
Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016, Putnam County, Florida