Who expects hail storms in Dallas, Texas, so severe as to have us diverted to Houston? Not me! Who knew Dallas is in the heart of Tornado Alley? Not me!
Miami to Dallas – via Houston
With tornadoes cutting a swathe across the mid-West, and a hail storm that damaged over 40 planes still on the ground in Dallas in April 2011, our flight was diverted to Houston. That was a story, in itself! Here’s a video taken at the airport, while we were actually being rerouted. Hail storm at DFW Airport
So after a very long reroute via Houston, it was a relief to arrive, check in, and go out to dinner. That was a short interlude.
How did I react in this unexpected emergency?
It’s a very revealing exercise when you are collected from a local restaurant by the staff of your hotel (in this case, Hotel Indigo in downtown Dallas, TX) and asked to wait in the lobby while they ascertain when you have to go to the basement to shelter from a tornado.
Given we had four or five minutes before instructions were expected, I elected to return to my room on the fifth floor and grab some essentials.