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Ahhh! Our weather radio just went off! Darn tornado watches!

post #1 of 21
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Uhhh well i just about peed myself Our new weather radio just went off and it scared the tarnation out of me A few weeks ago our tv station was selling Midland Noaa weather radios and programing them so my mom got one for herself, my sister kimmy, and for me and Colin. Apparently it works It just went off a minute ago saying we were under a tornado watch. Ah the joys of tornado season in the South We're under it till 10 tonight unless they extend it. I'm not worrying though- it'll probably pass over. If not, i'll just load everyone up and toss them in the bathroom. Anyone else under a watch/warning? Oh and by the way- weather radios are awesome- they're up to date with everything and are great for people that tend to "sleep through" the warning like me if they happen at night- definitely a good investment!
post #2 of 21
My mom and sister have one of those weather band radios too! When I was staying with them last year, the darn thing went off and scared the heebeegeebees out of me!! Mom says they're under a watch too! I pray you all stay safe!
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My mom and sister have one of those weather band radios too! When I was staying with them last year, the darn thing went off and scared the heebeegeebees out of me!! Mom says they're under a watch too! I pray you all stay safe!
Your mom lives in Tennessee right? What county is she in? I'm in Shelby Co. I'm sure we'll all be ok- we're supposed to have a cold front comming though- and that mixed with our current 80 degree weather right now is just not a good combo. The entire viewing area on tv almost is under a watch. I get used to them- happens around this time every year. What really scares me is the ones that are accompanied by rain/hail - those freak me out! Thankfully it's sunny outside - but we do have that nasty cloud coverage like it gets before tornados hit - you know that gross grey color. Not good. Tell your mom to stay safe! Those weather radios are great! We love ours.
post #4 of 21
Not sure what county, but she lives in Clarksville.......
post #5 of 21
Our area is under watches right now, too. I can hear the weatherman breaking in during the program Mom is watching.

Our area sold thousands of those radios after the November 6, 2005 tornado. One woman who lost her toddler aged son proposed a bill that all manufactured housing have them installed when being built. (They lived in the trailer park where 20 died.) She also has a project called CJ's Bus - a bus that will come to a disaster site and help with the kids while the parents are dealing with the aftermath. I believe the bill has passed or almost passed. Will have to check.

We do not have a weather radio, yet.
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Not sure what county, but she lives in Clarksville.......
I'm not sure what county Clarksville is in...but i know on the map where Clarksville is. I'm hoping this all just blows over

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Our area is under watches right now, too. I can hear the weatherman breaking in during the program Mom is watching.

Our area sold thousands of those radios after the November 6, 2005 tornado. One woman who lost her toddler aged son proposed a bill that all manufactured housing have them installed when being built. (They lived in the trailer park where 20 died.) She also has a project called CJ's Bus - a bus that will come to a disaster site and help with the kids while the parents are dealing with the aftermath. I believe the bill has passed or almost passed. Will have to check.

We do not have a weather radio, yet.
What an awesome bill! I hope it passes!!!! Definitely invest in a weather radio -they're great! Especially if you sleep like a rock and sleep right through the sirens (umm yeah i've done that several times) lol those things will wake your butt up!
post #7 of 21
Everyone please stay safe if it does turn bad..
post #8 of 21
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Everyone please stay safe if it does turn bad..
Monica, do you get bad storms in TX?
post #9 of 21
Dad bought one years ago, but it bit the dust.

The closest siren is about 2 miles south and can only be heard if no one is driving by the house. I did sleep through the November tornado and it passed about a mile to the southeast of us.
post #10 of 21
I don't know how you guys can talk about those things so calmly. Tornadoes have been a recurrent nightmare with me since childhood. Don't know why. We don't have them much up here--maybe it was The Wizard of Oz. Even as recently as last week, I had 2 dreams about tornadoes--in the 1st one, I told myself it was a dream. In the 2nd one I told myself it was real, and I was petrified.

I hope all your warnings don't turn into tornadoes. Stay safe.
post #11 of 21
Mine is going off now too. Seems like this storm is stretching across several states, every county around me is under a watch.
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I don't know how you guys can talk about those things so calmly. Tornadoes have been a recurrent nightmare with me since childhood. Don't know why.
Same here.

Just checked out the lightning map for down south--looks pretty crazy to me! Hope you all stay safe.
post #13 of 21
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Monica, do you get bad storms in TX?
Sorry Susie, went to take a nap. (Me bad) But yes we get some very violent storms here, especially this time of the year. We may have some storms move in tonight, they just come from nowhere and then they are on top of you. Dallas area (where I live) is in tornado alley and there have been some close by in the past few years. It does get scary at times
post #14 of 21
Dont think we are, but it is kinda clouding up, and I heard the radio say Missouri was under one. Thats the one thing about spring I hate!!! Dang tornadoes. My poor son is deathly afraid of them!!
post #15 of 21
I'm hearing thunder even as we speak! I just love storms -- as long as nobody gets hurt.

They say most weather-related deaths are by flood, though, not tornados... because people keep driving even when they can't see the road surface. This nearly happened to me once, but I had managed to get enough momentum going to drift across to where my tires could get a grip again. This was stupid of me, and I hope none of you will ever make that mistake!
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I'm hearing thunder even as we speak! I just love storms -- as long as nobody gets hurt.

They say most weather-related deaths are by flood, though, not tornados... because people keep driving even when they can't see the road surface. This nearly happened to me once, but I had managed to get enough momentum going to drift across to where my tires could get a grip again. This was stupid of me, and I hope none of you will ever make that mistake!
I thought I heard thunder, but wasn't sure..
post #17 of 21
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Our tornado watch is still on till about 10:00 tonight. They're saying around midnight after the cold front moves through, our risk for severe weather should dramatically decrease here. So that's great news So far so good- it's still nice outside- we're just keeping an eye out for any changes. I tend not to worry until it starts to hail/see grey clouds moving in- at that point i almost freak out. Rightfully so though- i lived through the tornado that completly wiped out most of Moore, Oklahoma. My cousin lives in Noble (right by Norman,OK and down the road from Moore) When it hit - we were only a few minutes away from Moore. That was the scarriest thing ever! I had never been through and Oklahoma tornado- those seem to be the worst (even though they're all bad). The only storm shelter by my cousin was in a tiny church down the road from her house so her, her childern, my aunt and i ran down the street and hid there with other families. It was really aweful- at the time my cousin's husband (now her ex, she's since remarried an incredable guy!) was working in Oklahoma City- we couldn't get ahold of him and had no idea where he was or if he was ok. We were all really shaken up- but thankfully we were ok- the people in Moore weren't so lucky. They had actually been hit once before that really bad. It's scarry- nothing freaks me out more than Ok during tornado season. So since i've been through that, i try to be cautious, but not worry too much unless it's headed towards us. But you better believe the moment those sirens go off- we ALL get in the guest bathroom. I load the bathtub up with pillows- kennel the animals so they're safe, and put the weather radio, flashlight,phone, important papers in a water-safe folder , with me and we all bunker down. / The worst storm to hit Memphis itself in a while was a few years back though- it wasn't a tornado- it was straightline winds- which can be just as bad if not worse in certain scenarios. It hit my mom's/mine duplex pretty bad as well as many other places. We were ok though Oh and one cool Tornado/bad storm tip i picked up one time- have copies of all your important documents in a waterproof folder (including drivers lisence, and all important things like that- as well as pet records) and have it by their kennels, ready to go or in your "Safety Area" (closet, interior bathroom, near hallway) so you can get to it
post #18 of 21
Those are great tips..I have never thought about that..Again stay safe.
post #19 of 21
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Stay safe N. Arkansas & Missouri bootheel- it's in your neck of the woods now Then they're saying it's moving towards Ms and Tn.
post #20 of 21
Well, it's past us. I just let everyone out of their carriers. There were no tornados close enough to us to cause concern, but I've heard reports of a couple to the northeast of here about 50 miles or so.

We did have some straight line winds that made it to about 40 mph...It turned over the motorcycle, and I found 2 white roofing shingles in my yard. I don't know of a white shingled house anywhere close to here. I can still hear the thunder, but it's moving away quickly.

One of the hummingbird feeders it totally gone, I have no idea where it went. I may find it in the yard when it's light tomorrow....then again, maybe not. It was blowing pretty hard.
post #21 of 21
Shikes, they have just posted a tornado warning for Arlington Tx. which sits between Dallas and Fort Worth..not too close to me, but is about 45 miles away..looks to be heading south so I should be in the clear..Take cover for those being affected..
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