Smart Girls Read Romance -- so do the bestselling and award-winning Authors who write this blog.
Join them as they dish about Books, Romance, Love, and Life.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Mighty Gust Of Wind - Laurean Brooks

Two weeks ago on Sunday afternoon, a storm hit Tennessee, uprooting our neighbors’ trees and causing roof damage. We were blessed that no more damage occurred. The storm came up suddenly. That morning the balmy weather found me raising windows. It was windy out, but nothing to become alarmed about.

We have a small dual fan in the kitchen window over the sink. I had just stepped away from the kitchen sink when a gust of wind like I’ve never experienced, pierced through the window and blasted the fan out of the window, sending it and the loaded dish drainer eight feet across the kitchen. I watched in horror as both landed and slid across the floor. Glasses and cups were scattered, but thankfully, the fan still works and the glasses in the drainer aren’t shattered.

At the same time, we heard a loud bang out back and discovered sheets on the metal roof standing up, on our storage room attached to the carport. Our dogs and cat had been inside it. I started to panic when I couldn’t find either of them.

It was a relief to discover all three pets had fled for safety to the front porch. Within thirty minutes the storm began and our power went off. It stayed off for nine hours, until after midnight. It was reported that 9,000 homes were without power in our county. After waiting a couple of hours, my husband cranked the noisy generator and the dog fled back to the front porch and stayed there.

I stuffed in earplugs. We turned the generator off before we went to bed and the lights came on at 12:30 a.m.

Our insurance has a deductible, so we will pay for most of the damage to the storage shed. And it will take two weeks to get the claim settled. But things could have been a lot worse. I thank God that He spared us from the worst.

Have any of you survived a storm, or known someone who experienced loss due to one?


Rob is hiding something. Jill asks too many questions. Will uncovering the truth destroy their budding romance? A heartwarming contemporary romance to sweeten your summer.


  1. Lauren, what a frightening experience that must have been, starting with when things shot across your kitchen. We've survived numerous bad storms. Thankfully, none of the family or pets were harmed. Good luck with OVER THE COALS!


  2. So sorry for the storm, but I'm glad you, your family and pets were okay. Yes, I've safely escaped several big ones.Thanks to God for taking care of us in storms and other trials and tribulations.

    1. Gail Pallotta, thank you for stopping by. It seems like the last week of April and the first week of May is when we get our worst storms in Tennessee. Glad God is protection you, as he did us.

  3. Thank you for commenting, Caroline. I had just moved away from the sink when the gust hit. The fan would have slammed me in the face if I hadn't. But thank God, it didn't And the glassware didn't break either.

  4. You can certainly see your expertise within the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid
    to mention how they believe. Always go after your

  5. I hate spring storms. Glad you—and your dishes *LOL*—came through safely.


Thank you for commenting on Smart Girls Read Romance. We love readers and love their comments. We apologize that due to a few unethical spammers we've had to institute comment moderation. Please be patient with us... we DO want your genuine comments!