TORNADO WARNING!!!

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 16, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    What a crock.... have had major storms building the last part of the afternoon, but even though we have been in a tornado watch, the meterologists had said that "the current environoment isn't favorable for tornadoes". Hail as big as grapefruit (hedgeballs in this part of the world). It was a challenging day today and was looking forward to the gym when the announcement came 15 minutes later..... Tornado warning, tornado on the ground..... however it was south near Derby and not east where I live and have my office.

    So much for the gym. Would have been nice to get more rain rather than the threats...

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    Sep 16, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    I used to drive alongside those things with my semi when i trucked to Texas, gives you an eerie, yet exhilarating feeling. I can see why fastprof chases them.....keithicon_cool.gif
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    Sep 16, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I've been through a number of tornadoes, and seen many. A mostly US phenomenon that many in the world don't ever experience over land.

    If you live in the US Midwest you learn to read the sky, and recognize cloud patterns that often (but not always) precede a funnel cloud. But of course tornadoes during the night can strike without any visual warnings, and then you are totally reliant on weather radar and local sirens and broadcasts.

    I remember one time in a rural North Dakota farming town all the sirens went off in daytime. And an older neighbor lady continued mowing her front lawn, I presumed because the loud engine masked the sirens. So I went across the street and hand-signaled her to cut the engine, which she did.

    I told her that the tornado sirens were sounding, and radio reports were putting the tornado a few miles from us. She looked up at the clouds and said, no, it would miss us. Then she restarted the mower and went back to cutting her lawn, the sirens still wailing!

    I returned inside my house, up to a second story bedroom window, from where I could see the funnel, but indeed it wasn't traveling towards us, but at a right angle. So the old lady was correct, and I had to admire her confidence and guts, to just ignore the whole thing. A life-long resident, I guess she knew how to read the sky for tornadoes, or thought she did.
  • Geoedward

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    Sep 16, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan,
    I am glad you are ok and it is not coming your way. That has to be really scary. We don't get those very often in Delaware. We did have one last month. They said to head for the basement. I ran down and set up the best shelter I could for my dogs and luckily it lifted. I was really scared for them. You can get in a good workout tomorrow, you are safe today. Take care, George
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 16, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
    Agreed. Glad all, especially you, are okay.

    My closest encounter came in 1998 when we had a series of tornadoes come through the Orlando area causing significant damage south and west of the city. One of the worst ones came within 7 miles of where I was living at the time, killing 23 people in Osceola County. They came through in the middle of the night, and the next morning I had to get up early to head to the West Palm Beach area for a meeting. I had difficulty getting to the Florida Turnpike due to damage and debris everywhere. Chilling situation to say the least......
  • tituspullo197...

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    Sep 16, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    well, throw the soundtrack to twister into your car's cd player and enjoy it for what it's worth! (it's a great soundtrack... even if tornados suck!)
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    Sep 16, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    On this subject Kansans have earned the right to be more jaded than New Yorkers - a tornado warning was just issued right over my house in Long Island, and it's still big news. (Instead, I got hail.)
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    Sep 16, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    I thought "Kansas" and "tornado warning" were synonymous.
    Like, you're listening to the weather station during a t-storm and the announcer says "take cover! You're in Kansas!"

    But if you move to the east coast (or anywhere near the Gulf of Mexico), the announcer will say "Hurricane warning: You're not in Kansas anymore!"
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    Sep 16, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    I was in Miami on work related travel and in one of the buildings downtown when a tornado touched down. It must have come out of the blue because I don't recall any tornado warnings. It wasn't until afterwards with all the commotion that I found out a tornado had touched down not too far away.
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    Sep 16, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI was in Miami on work related travel and in one of the buildings downtown when a tornado touched down. It must have come out of the blue because I don't recall any tornado warnings. It wasn't until afterwards with all the commotion that I found out a tornado had touched down not too far away.
    Several years ago I was flying over the city and watched a tornado touch down near my house, then lift up and go over it. A few minutes later, my bf texted me all nervous and shit, like "omg a twister just went overhead!" I texted back and said "yeah I know...too bad I didn't have my camera with me." icon_lol.gif
  • OklahomaBreak...

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    Sep 16, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    I have grown up in Oklahoma all my life and seen about 5 tornados and only seen 2 actually touchdown. They are a mix of fear and excitement. I honestly get giddy when storm season gets here in the spring. I have never suffered through the loss of a family member or the devastation of losing a home, like my college roommate did, so that is probably why I get excited.

    Kansan while the storms may have hurt your workout, after I got done with mine the lightning on the horizon made the walk back from the gym really picturesque.
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    Sep 17, 2010 12:02 AM GMT
    Oh my...thats why I don't miss Indiana. Those storms will be there tomorrow.