Friday, April 13, 2012

Dodging Mother Nature - TORNADO!!!!!

There is nothing like being chased by a tornado as you’re trying to get back home.  Late this afternoon, I went into town to check our mail and pickup a quick bite to eat for everyone. As I was returning home, traffic was terrible; everyone was heading home from work and school.  I was stuck on the inside lane east bound behind cars stopped at a traffic light.  All of a sudden it started to hail and the wind picked up.  The rain came down hard and the clouds turned black.  I looked in my rearview mirror and the electric wires were sparking and moving all over.  There was a tornado right on my ass butt, it was rain wrapped, and the people in front of me were not moving.  They were waiting for the light to turn green, and totally oblivious to what was happening.  I was not going to sit and become tornado fodder.  I was deciding what to do to save myself, as several seconds passed.  I heard tornado sirens and sirens from an ambulance. This ambulance was going through the intersection in front of me. Thank God I always leave plenty of space between me and the car in front of me.  I whipped my truck out in the roadway of the traffic heading the opposite direction (west), I was heading east. I turned my truck right into the 4 way intersection at the light and pulled my truck directly behind the ambulance going through the intersection. I put my flashers on and rode the back end of that ambulance until I could turn off onto another street out of the way of the tornado.   After all the excitement, I pulled off the side of the road to breath and gain my composure. This tornado branched off the main road I was driving, and destroyed several businesses. Tonight 3 tornadoes hit town, 10 people were injured (not seriously), lot’s of destruction.  Tomorrow, is a new day with projected catastrophic tornadoes (worse than today).


Map from NewsOK
Tornado Path Started West, Ended East (I'm the blue dot driving).



Picture provided by Channel 9 News


 Damage, Picture from NewsOK

Damage, Picture from NewsOK



18 comments:

  1. You are one lucky lady. I bet you guys have a cellar or shelter, hope, hope. I'd spend tomorrow tucked away inside.

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    1. Stephen, Tomorrow is suppose to be 100% chances of extremely severe weather. I'm not look forward to this weather. I wish we had a shelter, were renting an old house.

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  2. You definitely need to keep your eyes and ears open this time of year!

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    1. Swamp Dog, Yes most definitely! Actually, living in Oklahoma you need to watch all the time.

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  3. I was thinking of how you might be in the path of this big mega storm that was reported on the nightly news. May God protect you and your family. Good thinking on your part to get the heck out of the tornado's path.

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    1. Mrs. Mac, The man upstairs has been watching over us. Last year, we had a tornado hit next to the house. We had some damage, no one was hurt. This is the beginning of tornado season and it's not looking good. Tomorrow is suppose to be 100% severe storms, I'm not a happy woman! We will stay home and hunker down.

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  4. If possible, I think people are even less situationally aware than previously.

    It reminds me of when we get ice storms, and people want to stop for lights on hills. Needless to say, once they loss their forward moment, they go sideways if any direction.

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    1. People are and it's scary. We also have the same problem with people and the ice storms here.

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  5. Girl! I'm so glad you are alright. That was one mean storm cell. We were watching it up here and it headed directly towards us. Then at the last minute it sort of dissipated and moved a hair to the North. Thank goodness ya'll are ok.

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    1. Sci, It was a mean cell but today, Saturday is suppose to be one of the worst days for storms based on the National Weather Service. This is the 2nd time, the National Weather Service has ever issued a 100 percent severe tornado break out. So you be careful there okay!!! Were going to hunker down when it starts getting bad. Part of our fencing was busted, and some of the my garden was touched. I'm thankful that everyone in the family was safe.

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  6. Glad that someone upstairs was looking out for you. Please stay safe this weekend

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    1. Thank you, we will do everything we possibly can to stay safe.

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  7. Thank goodness you were paying attention and dodged that tornado! I heard on the news last night that there are supposed to be a lot of tornado activity out in your neck of the woods today.

    Stay safe and keep us posted.

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    1. Robin, Yes we had 3 yesterday and were suppose to have all kinds of activity today. I'm not from this neck of the woods and tornadoes are scary as heck when there on top of you. There gorgeous off in a distance, only when there not hurting anyone or damaging things. We will stay safe and keep you posted. Take care!

      I love the community garden you and your friends have going on. Also the Bok Choy is growing, now that I have snipped the flowers off. Thanks again!

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    1. We will stay safe, thanks. Tornadoes Friday night, bad storms Saturday. Tornadoes ended going up Northwest of us.

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