Quote from Blackcat99
:chuckle Thanks folks for your messages. Yes That's amazing! Hail almost the size of softballs! Those poor people at the church. Yes it's amazing to me how it completely destroys one house and then doesn't even touch the neighbor's house. I think earthquakes are scary too. I use to live in Calif. I'm more afraid of tornadoes even though I've never been in one. I am always in shock when I see on TV all the damages from a bad tornado.
Your original post is very timely. We are going into the second day of severe weather. Right now as I type this, the sky is very dark and there is lightning/thunder going on. I should probably be off the computer now, but hey, I try not to let the weather rule my life.
Yesterday was very interesting. My boyfriend was not home last night when a possible tornado had passed over his house. He was watching on TV (all national programming is preempted when weather gets bad) a local weather report about a possible tornado near his house. He had to leave his friends to go home and see if his new home had been forcibly relocated to southern Kansas. He had called me on his cell on his way home to try to get the latest on the weather in that area. It's OK though, he came home to see that the rosebush in back will not tolerate another storm like that, but the home was still standing on the original lot. He will not have to retrieve his home from surrounding states. Unfortunately, that's not the case for some families in IL, the state I'm originally from.
Sometimes it's never a dull moment in tornado alley. You get used to it, most of the time tornadoes don't do the total damage you see sensationalized on national programs.
It's kind of funny, at this very moment there are tornadoes just a few miles from here, and my dad and brother have just turned off the weather to watch a DVD. After two days, we sort of yawn at the weather.
Just for information, the hospitals around here are very well prepared for severe weather. A "Code Black" (at my current hospital) is called if the National Weather Service spots a tornado headed towards a particular hospital. We go into the rooms, get the pts who can walk out into the halls, move the beds if we have to, cover the pts w/ blankets to protect from flying glass, etc. Get everyone away from windows and into bathrooms (if not on the outside wall) or hallways.
We manage, we get by... but sometimes it gets interesting. I really believe that earthquakes cause more damage than tornadoes do. After living in OK for the last 20 years, I'd take one over an earthquake any day.
In my opinion, those tornadoes in "Twister" didn't even LOOK real.