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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
I thought the storms and 40mm of rain in the past 3 days was bad enough.

All day Alberta has been under watches/warnings for tornadoes. As of now 3 have touched down. But this has all been 3 or more hours away. They just updated to include places as close as 40 minutes away from our city

They are expected to include us in the next few hours.

There have been very few tornadoes in the past here none of which I can remember. Last summer there was a watch for about an hour but that was it.

They have said if need be the Base Defence sirens will go off. Since I live on the 3rd floor of a buliding with no basement (on the edge of the city no less) I am getting a bit freaked out.

Please send everyone involved some thoughts that this scare is just that, a scare~
Thank you!
post #2 of 23
i keep my fingers crossed that it doesnt hit you!!! i like storms but not when theyre THAT bad!!! keep us posted if you dont lose power!
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
I will! Thank you Stacy!
post #4 of 23
oh sweetheart, please please stay safe. Is there any where else you can go if it becomes more dangerous?

we are all thinking of you here - please please keep us updated
post #5 of 23
Don't worry too much, Ash. I'm sure everything will be okay.

When I was driving on the TransCanada to Calgary on route from Taber last summer, I drove into a HUGE rain/thunder/lightning storm and it was pretty freaky. But you know how the weather is there, it will probably clear up soon enough.

Take care, keep us updated, and have the cat carriers nearby just in case.
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
Dan I am looking into finding somewhere else to go right now but I think we will end up staying. I will keep you posted as long as I can! If we lose power I will text you

Jenn I know what you mean about the weather. I don't think I have ever been in a storm that has lasted this long. Thank you
post #7 of 23
I will pray for your safety and your neighbors. Please do keep us posted.
post #8 of 23
Sending lots of {{{STAY SAFE}}} vibes to you and the kits Ashley!
post #9 of 23
Sending good vibes!
post #10 of 23
:O tornadoes are so scary! We get one a summer here in my town in Wisconsin. When I was 11 there was one not FIFTEEN MILES from my house! My mom and I hid in the closet in th emiddle of the house with our cats(not the ones I have now, others) and then my grandpa burst through our door and told us to get in his van. It was soo cool! He drove all the way through the storm (ok only like a five minute drive :P) and the rain was coming down in sheets! It was the scariest thing ever. We got like five feet of rain :O I will always remember it though ^_^ Make sure to take provisions! Flashlights, cans of food, and water in jugs! Expecially if you go in the basement. if you have no basement like we did, then hopefully you have a room in your house with no windows, or a room in the middle of the house with no windows, bathrooms work too I hear. Just me, but I would put the kits in a crate and stow them in the place you would go if a tornado touched down near you. Easier than collecting them when they are scared out of their wits and you are racing to get yourself and others in the safe spot.
post #11 of 23
Be safe everyone. Good vibes to you & your kitties.
post #12 of 23
Under a warning: Lowest level room without windows, cover your head with a pillow or something, and if you've got bicycle/motorcycle helmets, consider putting them on.

I live in part of "Tornado Alley" (KitenKrazy could tell you even better ) we live with this twice every year. Our spring season is over ... thank the gods! Now only have to look forward to Hurricane season and the fall/early winter season.

Stay safe!
post #13 of 23
Stay safe, Ash! Hope the weather passes you by!
post #14 of 23
Me and the kids are sending "stay safe" and calm weather vibes to auntie Ashley and bct also... Take care sweetie.
post #15 of 23
We had a tornado hit about a mile from my house on Tuesday night. Did quite a bit of damage to about 20 homes and several businesses.
post #16 of 23
Thread Starter 
Seems we made it Thank you all! There were a few more touch downs, one quite close. I saw the funnel touching when the sirens went off so no pics. But I am sure the news will have some tomorrow.

Thank you all again!
post #17 of 23
I hope you all stay safe!!! I was wondering...I live in an upstairs apartment..I live in tornado alley myself...is upstairs safe or what??? Tornadoes scare me to pieces!
btw~ we are under a thunderstorm warning until 12:30 a.m
post #18 of 23
Having lived thru California earthquakes and Florida Hurricanes I'm glad your are safe
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thank you both! I can't imagine earthquakes or hurricanes

Upstairs isn't the safest you can be! But if you have no where else to go (such as a basement at a friend's place, ect) go into the room closest to the middle of the building that has no windows, such as a bathroom.
post #20 of 23
Good to hear the worst is over, Ash. I'll be sure to check out the Calgary news (thanks to digital cable!).
post #21 of 23
Thanks for the word, Ash. Glad things are settling down.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Rock&Fluff'smom
I hope you all stay safe!!! I was wondering...I live in an upstairs apartment..I live in tornado alley myself...is upstairs safe or what??? Tornadoes scare me to pieces!
btw~ we are under a thunderstorm warning until 12:30 a.m
No, you really need to be on the lowest floor. I'm not sure how to accomplish this, knowing how most apts are constructed since there really isn't a first floor public area you could go to. The breezeways I see wouldn't be a good idea at all. Perhaps you have someone in a first floor apt that you could make arrangements with in the event of a tornado warning?
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
No, you really need to be on the lowest floor. I'm not sure how to accomplish this, knowing how most apts are constructed since there really isn't a first floor public area you could go to. The breezeways I see wouldn't be a good idea at all. Perhaps you have someone in a first floor apt that you could make arrangements with in the event of a tornado warning?
That's a good idea. Perhaps she could write the landlord and ask him if he could contact the first floor neighbors and set up an emergency "shelter" for people who have no where else to go!

Several years ago in TN I was living in a rented trailer of all things... when one horrible night something like more than 50 tornados touched down in the state in one night. Power was out all over town, and since the radio was just one long emergency signal, they let us out of work early. I went to a friends house (I was a nervous wreck and needed to smoke- would've gone to my mom's except she didn't allow it), they had a basement. It came close but nothing happened there. Meanwhile at my mother's, softball size hail destroyed the roof, cracked windows that were 5 feet off the ground (it bounced back up that high and hard!) and destroyed my sister's car because the garage was already full and it had to be left outside. That could've been my car, too!
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