Me, I have a love/hate realtionship with the things! I would love to be a storm chaser, but I'd have to know that my kitties were safe before I could go out! Living in a mobile home, the key words when tornado warnings come are "get out"....and I do! My closest experience with one here at home was Nov. 10, 2002. If you guys remember, it had been a bad fall for tornadoes already, and that Sunday afternoon when the "severe" weather bullitens went out, we decided to just go to our safe place, just in case, that nothing had ever happened, so the kits could just stay home, instead of trying to wrangle 6 cats into carriers and take them..............................bad move. When all was said and done that night, a tornado had taken the life of a very good friend of ours about 15 miles north of here, and another one, one classed as having the longes track on radar in history had passed directly over my home. When the storms passed, we came back to see just how close to home it has passed......had to walk in from the main road, about a half a mile, because of the trees down across the road. I guess in that 1/2 mile streatch, there were probably over a dozen trees down in the road, nevermind those just leaned over in the forest surrounding us. But the closer to home we got, the more of those trees there were, and in the moonlight (yes the clouds had broken enough that we had light to see by) we started seeing sheet metal in the trees that were still standing...panic time for me, all I could think of was my poor kits, that I'd probably never see them again, and it was all my fault because I didn't want to wrangle them into their carriers.
But as we came down the driveway and could just see the clearing where our home is, we could see that it was still standing! The sheet metal later turned out to be from our neighbors workshop. There was no electricity, but my home was still right where we left it. We have another trailer set up directly behind us that I use for a utility trailer, and hope to connect to this one some day, but the tornado picked it up, bounced a corner of it off the backside of ours and set it down on a brand new heat pump. We also lost a close to 100 year old oak tree in the front yard too....but nothing more than that and a bunch of terrified kits. ( I was in the house the day the fixit man came to relevel it and re-align it.....when the end kicked back in place, I was expecting it and it still scared me, I can only imagine what my kits thought!)
Now, when it storms, we get out, kits and all. But I do watch Babycakes closely when I'm making my decison.....she was the most traumitized that night, and still tends to be the most closely attuned to the weather.....when she gets nervous and clingy....we vamoose!
Oh, and for the record, when we looked at the damage in daylight, you could see that the damage to my home and the trees on that side of the road were straightline winds....across the driveway( single car width) it was all twisted where the tornado sat down....it rolled over a hill and totally destroyed a brick house less than a mile away.....scary! If I can find the link, I'll either make a new post or edit this one, somewhere they show the track of the tornados that night.