Surviving a natural disaster is a deeply surreal experience. One moment, you're lounging in your home per usual, and minutes later your life has turned into the movie Twister, and you're watching your neighbor's house fall to pieces.
It's common for natural dsisasters to usher in huge existential moments: your life flashes before your eyes, you feel dissociation from your body during danger, and the works. With the climate shifting quickly, learning how to adapt and cope with dramatic weather systems is a tool kit we will all eventually need. So in many ways, hearing the stories of those who've survived can serve as a lesson for all of us.
In a popular Reddit thread, people who survived natural disasters shared their stories, and it's a miracle most of them are here with us.
I was a senior in high school in Joplin, MO when the tornado hit. My friends and I were on the highway driving home and the storm was right behind us. We pretty much flew down the highway going ninety and then barricaded ourselves in our friends cellar and when we came out, everything was flat and our high school had been leveled completely.