Tornado alley - page 3

What is it like to live in Tornado alley? Are houses cheap in this area? How often do you have tornado warnings? What do you do if you are at work and your pets are home alone and there is a tornado... Read More

  1. by   CardioTrans
    I dont live in Oklahoma, but do live in Alabama. We have quite a few tornadoes ourselves. One I remember back in the early 90's tore my neighbors house apart, it never even knocked my trash can over outside. One in 94 or so, I was standing in my kitchen window looking at the house behind me during one, I turned around away for the window for no more than 1 min, when I turned back around, their house was gone. I also remember the one that mrdoc was speaking of on Palm Sunday. Then I also remember the F5 that hit April 8, 1998. That one killed 32 people across Alabama, my aunt and uncle were 2 of those people. Their neighborhood looked like a war zone. The church that all the news teams were at was destroyed, the cars from their parking lot were in the revene below the church, the neighborhood behind the church was gone. Almost my entire family lived in that area at the time. It happened on my best friends birthday, and the day before my son turned 9. After what I saw, from the neighborhoods, to the bodies of my aunt and uncle, I will not live somewhere without a storm shelter. Yes some thunderstorms are beautiful to watch, then there are the others.
  2. by   Blackcat99
    CardioTrans I am sorry to hear that your aunt and uncle were killed in a tornado. That is very sad. I hope you will always be safe from tornadoes.
  3. by   Shamrock
    Tornadoes can be very scary things but I'm more afraid of going into our storm cellar!! There are creepy, crawly things living down there!! Does not seem to matter how much I clean it out, they come scuttering back in as soon as I leave. Here in Southeast Kansas we certainly have our fair share of the twisters. I've seen a couple in the air, never personally seen on on the ground, but have witnessed the aftermath. The F5 in Andover a few years ago was devastating.
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    Hey CNM... are you referring to me or Blackcat on the sanity question? The jury is still out on my sanity. But you are welcome to visit Oklahoma and sit with me on the front porch and watch the storms roll in. You just bring the popcorn. If we don't have anything severe in the Tulsa area, hey, we'll hope into the car and find one! Just like the meteorologists do. We'll have a tornado tour of our own... anyone wanna join us? From what I understand, tomorrow might be pretty good.
    WEll, maybe both actually!!! LOL! But I was referring to you definately! Thanks for the invite, but I think I'll pass!
  5. by   lucky928
    I also love thunderstorms,I grew up in Ok.and witnessed many,many tornados.The one that hit Moore,Del City and Tinker airforce Base in May of 1999 was a F5.I do think it was the worst devastation I had ever seen.My twin sister had lost her house to fire in 97 and the tornado in 99. I have seen her have to start over 2 times in 4 years. My neice has had to replace all her posessions 2 times. I remember cleaning out her pool and there was so much stuff you could not believe,but when you pull out dead animals that is enough to change your mind. I still love the lightning, and thunder storms,but I do not mess with tornado warnings.I know how lucky our family was not to lose anyone,but some did.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    Thanks for your messages. Lucky 928 that is so sad to hear that your twin sister has lost 2 homes! How tragic! Cleaning out that pool must have been something!!! Pulling out dead animals too. I have decided not to take the "tornado tour" after all.
  7. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from CNM2B
    WEll, maybe both actually!!! LOL! But I was referring to you definately! Thanks for the invite, but I think I'll pass!
    Maybe you'll change your mind one day, and you and Blackcat99 (and anyone else) just come on down for a few days of tornado chasing! Really, I do understand why some people wouldn't want to do this. I mean, one has to take precautions and some people still insist on doing stupid things. Watching from the comfort of your own living room TV is fine... it's proven to be much safer, unless you're in the path of an oncoming tornado.

    Quote from Blackcat99
    Thanks for your messages. Lucky 928 that is so sad to hear that your twin sister has lost 2 homes! How tragic! Cleaning out that pool must have been something!!! Pulling out dead animals too. I have decided not to take the "tornado tour" after all.
    Ohhhh... darn! That might've been a lot of fun. I do agree with you that it's sad to watch homes being destroyed, but watching one going through a tall grass prairie with no buildings being destroyed is absolutely awesome.

    A year ago I was "tornado chasing" with a guy. We were heading right toward it, but we couldn't see it. We started to give up and turned down a street and both of use spotted a huge tornado at the same time. We yelled as it was "rain wrapped" and headed right for us! That's why we couldn't see it, it was enveloping the rain in it's vortex and almost hid perfectly within the rest of the clouds. You haven't ridden any thrill ride until you have driven 90+ mph on Oklahoma back roads trying to escape from an F4 tornado.
  8. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from Blackcat99
    Thanks BabyRN2b
    :uhoh21: I am shocked to hear that your dad and your brother were watching a DVD when there was a tornado just a few miles away!!!
    I just saw the TV news right now. How scary that tornado looked to me!
    Thanks for gving me more information about tornadoes. Wow! Code Black!
    That must be so frightening for both the patients and staff.
    I was reminded of one more incident that was worse than my dad and brother watching a video instead of storm coverage. When the weather is bad, local stations will preempt national TV programs. They encourage everyone in the path of a tornado to seek cover and tune to a local TV or radio station for the latest. What really got me was that they were preempting national programming for coverage of a large tornado in Muskogee (I was missing Survivor! *sniff sniff* ). However, EVERYONE in this town was gathered at a park to WATCH this massive tornado! Law enforcement was trying to get everyone to get home and take cover, but these guys are insisting on staying outside to watch this tornado! This was a very large group, not just a dozen people. LE was having a fit, and I agree, this was a rather stupid thing for people to do. There wasn't a covered area in the park, and if it actually hit the park, this could have turned quite tragic. Some people... :uhoh21:
  9. by   explorer
    I think that I might like to go tornado chasin some time. One of the things that I get excited about when a storm comes up is the lightening that bolts across the sky. I don't like to be hit by lightening, but I sure like to watch it.

    Walter :chuckle

    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    Maybe you'll change your mind one day, and you and Blackcat99 (and anyone else) just come on down for a few days of tornado chasing! Really, I do understand why some people wouldn't want to do this. I mean, one has to take precautions and some people still insist on doing stupid things. Watching from the comfort of your own living room TV is fine... it's proven to be much safer, unless you're in the path of an oncoming tornado.


    Ohhhh... darn! That might've been a lot of fun. I do agree with you that it's sad to watch homes being destroyed, but watching one going through a tall grass prairie with no buildings being destroyed is absolutely awesome.

    A year ago I was "tornado chasing" with a guy. We were heading right toward it, but we couldn't see it. We started to give up and turned down a street and both of use spotted a huge tornado at the same time. We yelled as it was "rain wrapped" and headed right for us! That's why we couldn't see it, it was enveloping the rain in it's vortex and almost hid perfectly within the rest of the clouds. You haven't ridden any thrill ride until you have driven 90+ mph on Oklahoma back roads trying to escape from an F4 tornado.
  10. by   Blackcat99
    :chuckle Thanks so much for your great messages. OK BabyRN2Be you have convinced me that I must go on a "tornado tour" someday. Yes I would really love to see a tornado going through a prairie and not destroying people's homes. That would be great! Yes let's all get together someday and go "tornado chasing". That must have been one fantastic "thrill ride" you got going 90 plus mph on Oklahoma back roads trying to escape that F4 TORNADO! How exciting that must have been! That's also amazing to hear about that large group of people who insisted on staying outside at that park with no protection to watch that massive tornado! Wow!!! :hatparty:
  11. by   explorer
    I think your form of expression about severe weather is fascinating. When you stand before a force so much larger than you and there you are right in front of it.

    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    Watching a tornado is absolutely amazing. You have a front row seat witnessing an awesome display of power. I find them beautiful when you see one on the prairie. Witnessing one hitting downtown Tulsa is a different story. I love severe weather, I live for the season between March and June. A slow t-storm with rolling thunder is comforting.

    As far as the tornado danger, at least with tornadoes, you have at least a half an hour's warning if you stay tuned to media sources. You don't get that with earthquakes.
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    This past weekend was pretty bad. The storms all happened at night and we didn't get a chance to watch them. My bf's new home is proving to be a tornado magnet: He called me at 1:15A.M. Sunday from the inside of a closet because a tornado was a mile away. He has a tornado siren in his neighborhood and it was going off and he was asking me what about the current weather story. Right before he got into the closet (wearing his bike helmet for protection, bless his heart), he had heard that there were two tornadoes, one 10 blocks away from his current location, and the other another 10 blocks to the south of the original tornado. I talked him through it, let him know what was happening until the tornado warning expired for his area. Poor guy. Fortunately, he only lost a few shingles while those 10 blocks away had more significant damage. I think he is one of those people who are going to be glad that tornado season is probably coming to an end fairly soon.
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    I was doing some reminiscing about last year's weather and I found this thread. It's totally different this year. We haven't had anywhere near the serious weather outbreaks that seemed to be a daily occurence last year.

    The bf I was referring to last year has since become my husband as of January, and we are living at the same house he had last year - the one that appeared to be a tornado magnet for three days in a row.

    We've had a night or two that was a little dicey, but no tornadoes. We have had some bad storms in the last 2 weeks, and there was one night that the power went off during a severe storm. It was very warm and humid, and we couldn't get our bedroom window open. We had to camp out on the couch where we could open the back door in order to get some relief from the heat. The power eventually came on at 4AM, 6 hours after it went off, but that's the worse of what we've had this year. In fact, we are quite behind in rainfall this year.

    Goes to show that you'll never know what will happen weather wise in tornado alley and we've learned to take it as it comes.

    It was fun reliving the fun of last year... forgive my rambling.

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