Mother Nature's Fury.....

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    Jul 25, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    As Columbus get rocked by some pretty strong storms with heavy winds, rains and lightning....have you ever been injured, lost loved ones or sustained massive property damage from nature's fury?...Storms, floods, tsunami, volcano, earthquakes, etc..? What happened?
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    Jul 25, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    I don't know about "massive" damage. But, when I lived in Ohio, my parent's house had the basement flood during some pretty awful rain. It wasn't anything like some of the floods you see on TV, but for us, having several feet of water in a finished basement was totally not cool.

    Otherwise, I've been very close to awful storms. I moved to Florida the day before Wilma. Luckily I was staying with friends and we escaped unharmed. The aftermath of that hurricane was awful though.

    A tree fell on a rental car during a bad storm (felt like a hurricane) where I live in Florida. Thankfully, not even a scratch on the car. I even had to get a friend to help take the tree off the car so as not to damage it.

    When hurricane Ike blew through the Turks & Caicos, I luckily wasn't here. I was just about to fly back. It devastated Grand Turk, but where I live on Provo, the damage wasn't nearly as bad.

    Hopefully that doesn't mean my luck is running out. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 25, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    I lost a lot of ground-floor house property to a flood, and had a house permanently damaged (but not collapse) from an earthquake while I was in it. Also been through tornadoes and hurricanes, all without serious damage or loss to life or property. But I don't view myself in the same category as the people we see on TV who have absolutely nothing left after a major disaster, like a fire or direct tornado hit.

    Here is South Florida I bought us hurricane & flood insurance, after I found out my partner had none for his place when I moved in. Would be a shame if we lost our stuff, but we'd be financially compensated.

    I don't worry much about it. I've learned that the only things I treasure are photographs, as I've had to deal with their loss over the years, too. They're the only things I now take special steps to guard, along with key documents.
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    Jul 26, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    The parents house was blown down by a tornado in the spring of 1999. (the year after I moved out)

    I remember my house being covered in photographs from my childhood. My sister and I brought moms photo albums to my place, and spead the pictures out to dry. There must have been hundreds, I think we only had to declare a few total losses.

    Red_Vespa is right, you can't replace pictures.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 26, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    Um, yeah.... an F -5 Tornado on the night of April 26, 1991. I was home studying for finals...the weathermen had been talking about the chances of major severe weather for days. My Dad had been gone on vacation that horrendous Friday... and after 6:00 here it came. About 1/2 mile from my house (my parent's home).. but I saw it.. I won't ever forget that night.
    7 people died in Andover alone..
    Our house was not damaged... but 6 months later a freak freezing rain event on Halloween night, 1991 devastated our trees and ending fall. All our trees were cut off and had to grow back.

    We don't ever forget 1991....




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    Jul 26, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidUm, yeah.... an F -5 Tornado on the night of April 26, 1991. I was home studying for finals...the weathermen had been talking about the chances of major severe weather for days.


    It still ranks, along with its counterpart just south of the border, the Red Rock,Oklahoma tornado that occurred at the same time, as one of the strongest tornadoes ever observed in the US. It also occurred in association with what we meteorologist-geeks call a "synoptically-evident" event.

    That means that it was forecast accurately days in advance (the pattern was, not that a tornado would hit Andover). I have colleagues that actually flew in to Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport that morning and drove north on I35 in time to document the Red Rock tornado.

    I am sure the Andover tornado is emblazoned in Chris' memory forever. It is truly one of the most best documented strong/violent tornadoes ever....
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    Jul 26, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
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    The two sequences starting at 3 min, 29 sec into this video are very famous for tornado researchers. The first part shows the tornado moving from southwest to northeast through McConnell Air Force Base. It was closer to the camera than it appears. You can see the peripheral winds destroy a building across from the parking lot. That building was not actually struck by the tornado itself, testifying to the strength of the circulation and the intensity of the tornado.
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    Jul 26, 2009 6:57 AM GMT
    I can't help but feel the combined feelings of amazement, horror, fascination and so many others, when I see video of tornadoes and the damage they can do.....As a kid (12-15 years old) I lived in the area of suburban south-eastern Dayton. My fascination with the weather was already strong, but the day that an F-5 hit and obliterated XENIA in 1974, was the day my "hobby" took on serious new meaning. I lived in Centerville, which was SW of Xenia and is where the funnel was beginning to drop from the sky. I actually saw the funnel drop and ascend several times.....The sky was not green or gray, but black as coal and very sticky, warm...almost smothering. There was not a breath of wind at the surface, but you could see the clouds above were moving fast...the weird thing is that I could hear the sirens in Centerville, but they didn't have sirens in alot of communities at that time.....Xenia did have sirens but they went off for only a very short time before they lost power and that was only once the tornado was visible. This was a "surprise" when it hit Xenia...there was no "official warning" until after the fact.... The damage was so complete and total...Xenia was unrecognizable and couldn't have been more completely removed by bulldozers.
    Strangely, I moved back to the Centerville area in 1994 through 1999. I was amazed at how Xenia had rebuilt and comeback....I was in Xenia on many days because of the great bike paths that go through town. One day the sky was darkening, but not really threatening looking. It was a Wednesday, which in Ohio, between March and November is when the sirens are tested at noon statewide, unless the weather is threatening. I learned that this is true everywhere EXCEPT Xenia. The tests are to be announced in the paper like a few days in advance and are to have signs posted around town giving warning of the sirens being tested.....somehow, that day that I was there, the sirens went off.... It was surreal!....People on the street flat out lost their minds and went into an absolutely uncontrolled panic. Abandoning cars in the street and running full speed and screaming and crying and dropping into a fetal "duck and cover" position against buildings and walls or wherever they could hide and just an unbelievable nonsensical hysteria! It was shocking. The siren was on for only maybe 30 seconds....and life had stopped and people were reliving the nightmare of 1974 all over..... It was astounding! Nothing reopened that day and the next few weeks the town had the fire chief and mayor FIRED for not giving warning of the sirens....FIRED! The local paper reported that pharmacies were filling an extraordinary amount of prescriptions for sedatives and liquor store sales had almost doubled following the siren incident........The scars of 1974 are still around if you look and the people are still traumatized...... Xenia has been hit since 1974, 3 or 4 times and all of those storms took almost identical paths as the 1974 storm.....These people in Xenia just totally shit when it gets to threatening weather...

    The next Big storm I chased was over Memorial Day weekend of 1985. The storm is known as the "Wheatland" tornado. I followed it from the Ravenna Arsenal in NE Ohio, across a large reservoir (West Branch state park) and watched as it crushed and obliterated Newton Falls, Niles, Warren and then went into PA....... I have video and photos that I took of this storm that have never been shared....This storm was also an F5....I saw cars and trucks being blasted off of the Ohio Turnpike and saw one car with multiple 2x4's driven through the doors, the hood , the engine, the roof, etc The Stae Highway patrol later reported that the occupant was sucked out of the car in pieces and dropped in the fields outside of Newton Falls (she was dead).... Phenomenal damage.....entire concrete slabs of houses and of roads were sucked out of the ground and never found.......still even this didn't compare to Xenia..... The worst part of this outbreak is that the NWS Radar in Cleveland was out of service for repairs when this happened, so Pittsburgh and Columbus and Erie radars were being used at the extreme of their abilities to follow this storm...

    I chased many storms and tornadoes when I was in grad school in Lubbock, but none all that interesting...as I had assignments to accomplish in the field.....Sorry for the long post...I get very involved in my weather!
  • metalxracr

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    Jul 26, 2009 7:13 AM GMT
    Growing up in Texas we had many close calls with tornadoes. One time around 1993 I was extremely young but I still remember it. My brother and I were at our grandparents ranch sitting on the porch watching a storm coming in. A huge lightning bolt struck close by and caught part of our ranch and the next peoples ranch on fire. It got pretty big. The other rancher lost some cattle, which of course is expensive.

    Before I was born my brother nearly got struck by lightning while watching tv in the living room. It barely missed him, but he was alright.

    My senior year a huge hail storm just suddenly appeared out of nowhere and my new car was sitting outside in the drive way. I was standing at the window basically crying watching it get horribly damaged! LOL My dad was like, "GET F*** AWAY FROM THE WINDOW DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE CAR!" It got fixed like new a few weeks later!

    Oh yeah, we had several trees knocked over as well from winds.

    Oh I almost forgot! I was in the Sesnon fire! Last year I lived with some friends for a while in this part of LA called Porter Ranch up in the mountain and one morning my roommate came in my room and was like, "get packing there is a fire just over the hill and we may need to evacuate later" I was like, "yeah okay whatever" I went outside and saw smoke way up on top of the mountain but didn't think much. Actually for a while we both forgot about it.

    Then we were talking in the kitchen when I look outside the window behind her and it suddenly gets REALLY dark and this was at 12 in the afternoon it had just been sunny and bright out. I was like.. OH FUCK! we turn on the TV and see that traffic on the 118 is cut off by the fire and cars are driving in the opposite direction in the smoke and crashing into other cars head on!

    We go outside and people are going crazy and there are fire trucks coming in. We left within 10 min. We came back 3 days later and our house was fine, but some of our neighbors were not very lucky. We got extremely lucky though because the house in front of us and behind us burnt, as well as a few others on our street. A neighbors palm tree caught on fire and fell into our backyard but landed in our pool. We had a black pool for several weeks. It was intense!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 26, 2009 10:45 AM GMT
    The worst I suffered doesn't compare with what the people went thru with Katrina or with some of the tornadoes in the midwest
    but in 2005 we got hit with Hurricane Wilma down here in S Florida

    The storm really walloped us
    I spent 3 solid hours bailing and mopping my den because the wind was pushing the rain right through the closed windows
    Our central AC units were blown right off the roofs and it was the aftermath the really sucked
    No electric no AC no provisions no gasoline
    You begin to see how very easily civilization as you know it can disappear
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    Jul 26, 2009 10:52 AM GMT
    Last February London had three inches of snow and the whole city came to a standstill.

    It was terrible. A whole morning of chaos!