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2003-05-11 12:20:16 AM  
The local news was just saying that this was the most tornados and severe weather alerts in a week since they started keeping track of this stuff in the 50s. Wow.
2003-05-11 12:43:36 AM  
I only got some stinkin' flooding here. It ruined the administrative side of my ISP's office, so now all the asshats from Marketing and Sales are crammed next to us Billing folks. Fun fun.

It started out looking like a creek filling the road behind our offices; then the creek spread into the parking lot. Next, we're running outside trying to move our cars onto the raised curb/sidewalk thingee surrounding the building. Our offices shut down, and we wandered around the interior until our new temporary river receded a few hours later. The water got up to some cars' windshields, and even the SUV-driving braggarts were reluctant to brave the elements.

I have to admit, though, it was interesting to look out the windows and see mannequins floating around our parking lot.

No voting, since this wasn't a tornado-related event, and it wasn't that interesting anyway.
2003-05-11 08:46:00 AM  

you know what?


2003-05-11 09:10:55 AM  
I saw some links on fark.
2003-05-11 09:49:07 AM  
I found myself in the midst of a cyclone, but was saved by my disability. As the unrelenting air whisked me in the air like a rag doll, I thought all was lost. But alas, my shiny, razor sharp hook hands were able to secure themselves to a small Maple tree. I hung on for dear life, and despite my backside being struck by a speeding Radio Flyer wagon and several small mammals, I came out unscathed.

Makes you think.
2003-05-11 11:34:07 AM  
It's not entirely over yet.

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Not as bad as yesterday, but now aiming for some highly dense population centers.
2003-05-11 12:06:38 PM  
it came within a few miles of my house but that was it. it put everyone in k.c. on edge, however.

but they didn't go so far as where i used to live (cincinnati) where they started blasting the civil defense sirens for THUNDERSTORMS.
2003-05-11 01:03:24 PM  
I saw some stories around and stuff and i really didn't care
2003-05-11 01:37:07 PM  
2003-05-11 01:39:13 PM  
I just had golf ball sized hail for about 3 minutes out at my house in Overland Park KS. I moved my truck outside when they said on the tv that it was coming, hoping to total the truck out and thus get a new car. Unfortunatly despite being pounded by hail there's not a dent in it. I'll say this for toyota they make a decent hood and roof on a Tacoma.
2003-05-11 01:41:41 PM  

You're one of the farks that up insurance rates.

Good job, buddy.
2003-05-11 01:42:38 PM  
but they didn't go so far as where i used to live (cincinnati) where they started blasting the civil defense sirens for THUNDERSTORMS

They use them for tornadoes and flooding here in Tulsa. But when they go off here you know the shiat is in the midst of hitting the fan -- take cover and find your water wings.
2003-05-11 01:44:55 PM  
My friend wrote a little something about it, since he lives in Oklahoma. I'm sure he's alive, since he fled to the beach. I'm sure he'd have posted if he were being pulled into a tornado.
2003-05-11 01:45:51 PM  
Actually, yes.

I was watching a friend's kid just about a mile north of where the massive tornado hit in Lawrence. It was windy, windy, and then became fairly calm; thus, I walked out on the back deck just to sightsee.

Above me the clouds were absolutely boiling. There were shingles flying around me and debris landing in the yard; insulation and cotton made it seem like I was in the middle of a cotton candy machine.

After a few seconds, the wind picked back up again, very suddenly and audibly. I then ran back inside the house and into the basement.

There was no damage done to the house except minor collision damage, but for a few seconds, I was actually directly underneath the funnel cloud as it lifted while moving north.
How's that for creepy? Let me reiterate: I was directly underneath the funnel. So, I think no more running outside during tornadoes for me.

Oh, yeah. The tornado actually touched down about two blocks away from my house. Whee.

2003-05-11 01:47:16 PM  
My basketball hoop just fell down a few minutes ago.

My house completely flooded last week.

My girlfriend left me on Friday.

Good 'nuff?

/fark Illinois
2003-05-11 01:47:49 PM  
I live in Atlanta, and we had 3 straight days of tornadoes. On Wednesday, I was in frigging Newnan, where 2 tornadoes apparently touched down. I didn't see them because they were rain wrapped, but a massive branch three blocks down from where I parked landed right on my goddamn windshield of my car. That's what 60 mph wind does. Just great. Fantastic.
2003-05-11 01:47:58 PM  
I live near and work in NYC and to get away one of the places I was looking to go to get away from the city life was Bethany, MO. Friday they were blasted with a tornado. The mountains of WV are looking better all the time...
2003-05-11 01:50:21 PM  
I was chasing one, but then it changed direction. The thing was HUGE! Eventually, I just had to jump into a cornfield and run like heck away from it. At first I thought the closest barn would be good, even though it would probably splinter and gore me. But then I realized all the knives and blades hanging on the walls would probably do the same.

So, I decided to run, again. Faster than a tornado I sped to this other shed. This time I got lucky as there just happened to be pipeline inside with leather straps hanging on the wall. Well, I decided that this pipe probably went pretty deep, grabbed a leather strap and hung for dear life.

I bet you'll never guess what happened next... THE TORNADO BLEW AWAY THE SHED AND WENT RIGHT OVER ME! It was incredible. This F5 tornado that was a mile wide went right over me. And it only took 15 seconds for this MILE WIDE tornado to pass straight over me. I tell you the eye of the tornado is something to behold. I'd like thank my lucky stars that this F5 tornado send some parts of houses, barns, or those razor sharp farming tools right through me as I was strapped to the pipe.

Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
2003-05-11 01:52:33 PM  
I live in the dorms at UW-Madison and a large number of dorm residents decided to go "watch the tornado" in a parking structure once they heard about the warnings.

I'm glad that higher education turns out such intelligent people.
2003-05-11 01:52:53 PM  
Horray, that tornado map has my apartment circled (Rochester, NY)... didn't know tornadoes were even possible up here.
2003-05-11 01:53:31 PM  
I had to stay after an hour or so at school because of the weather. I go to a specialty center school, so there's only 326 students from 8 counties. Anyway, they let a few of the counties go, until it was Chesterfield, Richmond, and Dinwiddie (I live in VA, btw), and they had us sit in a small, small hallway, indian style facing the wall. The hallway's just big enough for that, there wasn't any kind of leg room. People were crying and calling their parents and stuff, but I really didn't care. I whipped out my laptop and started watching Boondock Saints (the best movie frickin' ever). Not much really happened, actually.
2003-05-11 01:53:46 PM  
Was on the phone with my good friend from Lawrence, he siad he saw something, then the line went dead.

phone lines down?

I called his cell, his neighbors power pole snapped the phone line as it was uprooted and tossed down the street.

A vote for me is a vote for tossing the pole
2003-05-11 01:53:48 PM  
WV gets some pretty nasti ice storms.
2003-05-11 01:56:45 PM  
It went all up in ya like Wizzad of Izzle my Nizzle. Lollipop Guild representin' fo' shizzle!
2003-05-11 01:56:46 PM  
So this old wench had taken my dog and ridden away on her bike . . .
2003-05-11 01:59:04 PM  
Faster than a tornado I sped to this other shed. This time I got lucky as there just happened to be pipeline inside with leather straps hanging on the wall.

You were at Aarkieboy's house!!!
2003-05-11 02:00:49 PM  
I was in Scottsdale all week golfing, flying out sunday the pilot came on and said the kc airport was shutdown due to tornados. Lucky we were gone already. I got to watch the highlights on tv. Well, thurs night I was at the bar in terminal B (only one at the airport open after 8pm, byi) at the KC airport waiting for my ride watching all the stuff.
Luckily, olathe got nothing, so I had a house to come home to.
2003-05-11 02:04:02 PM  
Aye Carumba!
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2003-05-11 02:05:35 PM  
Tossing the pole, lol! Consider yourself voted for!
2003-05-11 02:06:51 PM  
damn tornada tore th' roof off mah trailer!
2003-05-11 02:08:23 PM  
A water spout hit a restaurant on the beach in San Pedro, Belize, C.A. just minutes after 50 of my friends and family left the restaurant from my wedding rehersal dinner.

Oh... that's not related to Oklahoma at all, huh?
2003-05-11 02:09:22 PM  
I was forced to watch "Rome is Burning" commercials against my will, repeatedly.
2003-05-11 02:10:43 PM  
I was traveling with a Lion and a Scarecrow, and there were these crazy little munchkin dudes, and they kept telling me to follow the yellow-brick road. But it turned out it was just a dream... and you were in it, and you were in it... oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home.
2003-05-11 02:13:45 PM  
i live in independence, MO, and was at my date's house when the tornados came through to the north.

we lit a bunch of candles, shut off the main breaker to the house, and took shelter in the bathtub. we weren't worried about the storm, but the lightning and candlelight and hot bath were a great combination :-)

/would rather die farking than FARKing...
2003-05-11 02:17:13 PM  
No personal story but the week may not be over. According to YAHOO news twisters touched down today in Illinois, MO and Kansas.
2003-05-11 02:17:21 PM  
True story, I was walking with my friend through the fairgrounds, and I saw a tornado. Soon, I found myself in it, twirling torwards certain destruction. I braced myself and a few minutes later, I was back on two feet unscathed. My friend took a picture:

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2003-05-11 02:20:52 PM  
I live in Michigan and today all my lawn chairs blew over.
2003-05-11 02:21:28 PM  
By the way, a vote for me is a vote for bad grammar.
2003-05-11 02:24:40 PM  
My story? It was 80F, sunny, and freakin' gorgeous out here in Tucson. Even washed the car.
2003-05-11 02:25:46 PM  
I'm profiting from it. We had a small one here in north Fla. It trashed the dodge dealer across the street pretty good. Blew all their outside shelters away, blew the ceiling out of the show room. So I am repairing the damage to the cars and trucks, woo hoo Brass in pocket!
Does make you wonder how bad we will be hurt if we get a good hurricane hits up here, as Homestead was built like an Amish barn compared to the shiatty construction up here.
2003-05-11 02:34:13 PM  
I wouldnt mind dying farking, its better than just farking dying I have to admit. Not right now of course, but eventually, absolutely yes!
2003-05-11 02:38:58 PM  
Indeed, I was in front of the tv last night as the sirens went off. And they said it had touched down somewhere around St. Charles (IL). About 20 miles west and a little north of me. So I wasn't too concerned. The sirens stopped within minutes and umm, all was well. Just a little reporting I guess.
2003-05-11 02:41:18 PM  
I wonder what a tornado going through the middle of New York City would look like. Cool.
2003-05-11 02:41:18 PM  
I live in Springfield Missouri , the Ozarks were hit pretty hard, There is not one person here that doesnt know someone who was affected by the storms in one form or another. While a tornado went through the southwest side of town in a town called Battlefield, I watch debris fly in from the sky hitting buildings and cars. Most of it was shingles leaves, fiberglass. The largest thing that fell though was a car axel one block down the street in the convience store's parking lot, and a tuperware busket that hit a friends car. Of course being so close he hear other stories of people you know. I guy i work with roof was lifted and reset back on the house. My old bosses' friend daughter died during the storms/tornado while going to or being in Monett Missouri. Its hasnt been a fun week with the rain and potenital of other storms happening. hopefully it is over.
2003-05-11 02:43:02 PM  
I do.

I was at my high school prom with my friend Chloe. Midway during the dance, the principal got on the mic and told us that 3 funnels had touched down on the other side of town where my friend Lana was at, dropping off her boyfriend who was leaving for the Marines.

So I ran at superspeed to the other side of town and saw just as the funnel picked up a red ford pickup, with Lana inside of it! So I ran into the funnel and flew up to the truck, I guess, and saved Lana.

I left her at the hospital afterwards.

2003-05-11 02:45:30 PM  
Not to be preachy, (of course it is Sunday), but a good friend of mine missed being annihilated because he was at his neices confirmation (or something like that?)at church. Other wise he would have been at home sleeping like he usually is. When they rolled up at home, the whole house was gone, wasted just 30 minutes before! 100% They got nothing, but enough friends and family that they will be fine, but he almost didn't go. Divine guidence or pure luck? Your guess is as good as mine.
2003-05-11 02:47:18 PM  
I think it's a sign.
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2003-05-11 02:48:13 PM  

Glad i can contribute to the overall breakdown of society, in even the smallest possible way.
2003-05-11 02:49:02 PM  
we had two warnings in about 1 hour at UW-Platteville, and we had to go sit in the hall for 45 minutes.

It was really hot and smelly.
2003-05-11 02:52:12 PM  
(Denver, CO)
So I'm sittin in my house typing a paper for finals. The tornado sirens sound. It's about noon and I'm pretty used to this at noon having grown up in Ohio.

When it went off the second time at 12:10, I realized that it was THURSDAY and they test them on Wednesday. I promptly picked up my laptop and ran to the basement.

I would add that the 4 inches of heavy wet snow did more damage to Denver. Yup, branches falling everywhere and power still out 3 days later. It snows in May in Colorado almost yearly.
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