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Tornado more funny than scary for me yesterday!

post #1 of 19
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when my dad came to inform me there's a tornado..He ran in here and tossed a chocolate bar on the keyboard, "There's a tornado coming shut down the computer!".................Well thank you so much for the chocolate!

I thought it was like coming right away so the only thing I grabbed at first was my cat and since we were gonna be in a crawl space I had to put him on a leash. Well then I notice that everyone is packin all their stuff so I scream "OKAY I'M GRABBING MY PRIZED POSESSION!!" and I grab my bass..my motley crue book..and a guitar pick..and start heading for the crawl space.

Nobody is going in the crawlspace and all our stuff is all sittin there on the bed and we're all staring at the crawl space..until finally I break the silence "So..are we going or what?"

We all look at eachother and look back at the crawl space and I break the silence again "Why couldn't they have included stairs?"

Yeah.... so we never ended up in the crawl space.

I handed my cat over to my mom and my dad and i went outside we were watching for any signs of it actually hitting us and stuff.

Well then the wind picks up as the air goes from warm to cold and I said "OK I'm going inside now!!" and I go to run inside..the stupid screen door flys open and smacks me in the face!!!! All my dad could do was laugh!!!

So that was my interesting moment with the tornadoes..you guys have any?
post #2 of 19
Ack - tornadoes! Wouldn't know what to do if one came here! Are you ok - how is your face where you were hit? At least you can say you got injured "escaping" a tornado!
post #3 of 19
well not as bad: my bf was at work until 9. He was trying to call me for like an hour because he lost his keys (idiot!) he wound up getting a ride-but he was soo peeved when he got home and seen me sleeping ( how dare me sleep during the storm ) hey, its not my fault your an idiot! DORK! and yes I slept through one of the worst storms st louis has had this year. I sleep better in the rain, even if its thunderin' and lightening-en' (sp?lol)

Did a tornado actually touch down where you live?
That would be WAY scary!!!!!
post #4 of 19
*LOL* You sound like a clumsy me!! I am so glad I don't have to get into a crawlspace. I would be in the stairway or under the stiars or in one of the downstairs closets. My mom used to get really freaked out and make me and my sister get into the bathtub and put a mattress over us.
post #5 of 19
I'm always afraid if there's a bad storm because I live in a trailer and there is NO safe place in one of those during a tornado- your goose is basically cooked and have ya ever noticed that they always manage to hit a trailer park?? what is up with that???!!! I wonder how fast my car can go......
post #6 of 19
I always said they were attracted to all that metal! I think they have magnets in them! LOL! It is scary for all the people who have trailors.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by chichismom
well not as bad: my bf was at work until 9. He was trying to call me for like an hour because he lost his keys (idiot!) he wound up getting a ride-but he was soo peeved when he got home and seen me sleeping ( how dare me sleep during the storm ) hey, its not my fault your an idiot! DORK! and yes I slept through one of the worst storms st louis has had this year. I sleep better in the rain, even if its thunderin' and lightening-en' (sp?lol)

Did a tornado actually touch down where you live?
That would be WAY scary!!!!!
That reminds me of the day after my youth group lockin!! I came home and I was passed out all day long and my mom comes in "Trista you have to get up!!" Me: "But I'm tiiiiiiired!!" Mom: "There's a tornado coming!!" Me: "Then let it come!!" *puts pillow over head*

She ended up draggin me out of bed!!

As for my face it didn't break my nose or knock any teeth out! It just left a nasty mark on my forehead!
post #8 of 19
I hope your forehead heal up asap

I did'nt hear any tornado sirens here in Missouri, but then again I was sleeping like a rock! I bet I could sleep through one, if no one woke me up!

where do you live? Midwest somewhere I'm guessing
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by chichismom
I hope your forehead heal up asap

I did'nt hear any tornado sirens here in Missouri, but then again I was sleeping like a rock! I bet I could sleep through one, if no one woke me up!

where do you live? Midwest somewhere I'm guessing

I live in Mahomet Illinois!

Our town is so small it flew over us
post #10 of 19
You guys be careful out there! I heard that storm was seriously nasty, people dead, really powerful storm.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
I'm always afraid if there's a bad storm because I live in a trailer and there is NO safe place in one of those during a tornado- your goose is basically cooked and have ya ever noticed that they always manage to hit a trailer park?? what is up with that???!!! I wonder how fast my car can go......
I know you're probably kidding, but for the benefit of everyone else: never try to outrun a tornado in your car. You're much safer getting out of your car and lying flat in a ditch. The best place to be, of course, is a basement.
post #12 of 19
That was quite the adventure there. I'm glad you're ok.

There is only one time that we had the siren go off here that I can remember. At that time, Petunia was alive. She and Much detested each other. So I find the cats and grab both of them. They were hissing, growling, and swatting each other while I carried them down. No blood was drawn but it was a noisy few minutes while we waited for the all-clear. I think I would have been safer with the tornado.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lil_Axl_Gurl
when my dad came to inform me there's a tornado..He ran in here and tossed a chocolate bar on the keyboard, "There's a tornado coming shut down the computer!".................Well thank you so much for the chocolate!
This was my favorite part of the story, I think. I can totally see the befuddled expression on your face.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
I'm always afraid if there's a bad storm because I live in a trailer and there is NO safe place in one of those during a tornado- your goose is basically cooked and have ya ever noticed that they always manage to hit a trailer park?? what is up with that???!!! I wonder how fast my car can go......
Well, they're most attracted to open areas, like fields and other places that haven't been built up. I guess the next best thing to an open field would be a trailer park, since everything is low and the trailers aren't affixed to foundations the way houses are, so the tornado doesn't think there's a change in topography. At least I THINK that's how I understood it in my little tornado readiness class of 6th grade.

Because of the way the buildings are set up, it would be impossible for a tornado to hit where I live; there's nowhere for it to physically touch down. My parents, on the other hand, live on the end of a subdivision which borders a farm which borders many many acres of prairie preserve (it's like the Illinois equivalent of a forest preserve). So I always worry for them. They too were under a wrning last night, and they're less than 90 minutes outside of the city.
post #15 of 19
A tornado passed over our house about 3 years ago. A feral mom showed up with a litter of kittens a few hours before the storm moved in and deposited them outside next to our house. Knowing it was going to rain, we hastily built a shelter over them - there were 3 of them at the time and mom disappeared (she showed up the following morning with a fourth and we still wonder were she road the storm out).

We're inside with a 10 day old set of orphaned kittens and about 13 adult cats. No warning, first lightning, then hail, then the wind went wild (we heard the oncoming train sound).

The tornado was upon us and we didn't have time to do anything with the cats. We tried to open the back door but the wind wouldn't let us. We opened the front door and prevented it from imploding into the house. We went back to the back door and husband shoved his body into it so I could squeeze out. We ran in blinding wind and rain towards the storm cellar behind the house. As I ran I fell and couldn't stand up. My husband tripped over me, landed on top of me, then picked me up and carried me to the storm cellar.

I stood in the storm cellar babbling and my husband got mad and told me to shut up. He wanted to hear if the house was blowing away. The wind died down and we walked out to find a lot of things missing from the patio, the well turned on its side but the lights still on in the house.

I went inside, called the local news and told them what happened. They interviewed me briefly then I went back outside to see what the damage was. Since it was dark I couldn't really tell.

The tornado took off a lot of roofs in the neighborhood, destroyed most of the barns (we lost the roof on 2 barns that night), then lifted up as it went over our property. We had roofing shingles and siding from a 3 mile path. There was a bass boat hanging in a tree (and not touching the ground). Entire barns were in the tops of our trees.

It took us the better part of the summer to clean up the mess. We were VERY lucky.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by chichismom
I hope your forehead heal up asap

I did'nt hear any tornado sirens here in Missouri, but then again I was sleeping like a rock! I bet I could sleep through one, if no one woke me up!

where do you live? Midwest somewhere I'm guessing
Where are you in MO.? I'm in Imperial (just south of St. Louis) ans we can't hear the sirens either. Last nights storm was pretty nasty but it was the storm we had a couple weeks ago with the hail that scared me more. We have holes in our screens.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by evnshawn
I know you're probably kidding, but for the benefit of everyone else: never try to outrun a tornado in your car. You're much safer getting out of your car and lying flat in a ditch. The best place to be, of course, is a basement.
I found that out on the Can You Survive Test that I read on TCS the other day. I believe I got a really low score (8-9), but at least I learned some stuff. Who knows.....maybe you all will save my life someday. I slept though the whole storm.....luckly there was nothing here.


Momofmany Wow!!!! You are very lucky!!!!!!!
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
Well, they're most attracted to open areas, like fields and other places that haven't been built up. I guess the next best thing to an open field would be a trailer park, since everything is low and the trailers aren't affixed to foundations the way houses are, so the tornado doesn't think there's a change in topography. At least I THINK that's how I understood it in my little tornado readiness class of 6th grade.

Because of the way the buildings are set up, it would be impossible for a tornado to hit where I live; there's nowhere for it to physically touch down. My parents, on the other hand, live on the end of a subdivision which borders a farm which borders many many acres of prairie preserve (it's like the Illinois equivalent of a forest preserve). So I always worry for them. They too were under a wrning last night, and they're less than 90 minutes outside of the city.
Wow, this is some VERY BAD information that they tought you in 6th grade. A tornado does not care where you live and will strike in open areas as well as making a direct hit in a major city. It only seems like tornadoes hit open areas, because it is a hit and miss type of thing and the vast majority of tornados hit in tornado alley of the US, which just happens to be mostly open flat farm land. However, just because this area is flat, is not the only reason why tornadoes strike this area so often. There are other major factors at work. If you would build a major city the size of new York City right in the middle of tornado alley, it would be a target for a direct hit. Yes, tornadoes do favor flat land over hilly and mountainous terrains, but even in these areas, tornadoes have been known to strike if the weather conditions are right. I don't know how the buildings are set up where you live, but that does not matter, if a tornado has your area on it's strike path, it will come through no matter what. If a tornado is approaching, do not waste time opening up the windows of your home. (They used to say this would help prevent your house from exploding, this is not true) Now, I LOVE tornadoes and severe thunderstorms and I am a trained spotter for the weather service. However, my biggest concern is how quick am I going to be able to move 3 bobcats, a cougar and 5 domestics in time if there ever was one here.
post #19 of 19
I've always wanted to chase tornados.... that would be cool. I'm glad you're all okay though, they must get pretty terrifying when you actually have to live through them
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