B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1035 times:
I've seen 5. Three were on the same day when a total of seven touched down outside of town. Thankfully the only thing damaged by any of the seven was a barn. One I saw well off in the distance when coming home from Houston many years ago.
This last October was the closest I've ever been to one. An F2 touched down about 3/4 of a mile from my house. Thankfully it was only on the ground for a brief time and just happened to be along a major road at the time so all it did was rip down traffic lights. After it lifted off it did destroy some trees and remove some rooftops but that was about it. I pray that I never hear that sound again. It was one of worst noises I've ever heard in my life.
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1598 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1032 times:
I lost count how many I've seen. As a weather weinee and meteorology student in high school and college, I storm chased every spring from 1991 to 1997 in Oklahoma and the surrounding states. My tornado footages is featured in many of the videos you can buy like "Nature's Fury", "Tornado!", and etc.
Closest I ever came was in 1995 in Gainesville, TX. We estimated were we approximately 150 yards away from the closest point the tornado took through the town.
It was fun stuff back then. Unfortunately the hobby has changed for the worse. Everybody out there with a camera thinks they are a storm chaser now. Since I don't live in an active area anymore I haven't storm chased since I left Oklahoma in 1997. *sigh*
DeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3856 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1028 times:
No, but I've lived through a near-Category 5 hurricane (Lenny, November 1999, St. Croix). That's bad enough...I still get nervous when it gets windy, as it is here today. I'm interested in tornadoes & weather, I just don't want to come face to face with one.
Apparently sometime in the '70s, a tornado went through our neighborhood & missed our house by about 1/2 mile...
FlagshipFalcon From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1027 times:
A few years back I was at Cedar Point (an amusement park) with a few friends. I sat down and had lunch with the friends, suddenly there is this mass of people running towards the exit to the park. I get up, turn around, and out on Lake Erie there are two twin waterspouts (tornados on water) heading right for us. I tell me friend and we join the mass of people. Some park agents let us into the basement of one of the arcade buildings. After an hour or so the storm cleared and the park reopened. It was really freaky, they did significant damage to the area I was sitting at!
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1018 times:
Back when I was 5 years old in Preschool an F3 rolled right by my school while we were in the bathroom. Actually heard the noises and I remember being scared. Dad came and picked me up some time after that. Trees were down all over the place and power was out. Our City Hall and Library were damaged severely and several homes about a mile from where Im typing this were destroyed totally.
Ive had a few experiences like that. The sky turns this shade of green that youve never seen in your life and everything goes calm. Then the wind kicks up and the storms roll in. Sometimes it just gets so black outside that the streetlights come on.
CON207 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 292 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1017 times:
I would love to go Tornado Chasing. Mother Nature is awesome. Anykind of severe weather interests me. I used to study it years ago. The closest we get over here in the UK is severe lightning storms but they never fail to excite me. F5's rock!
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4291 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 999 times:
Seen only one actual tornado, but 3 or 4 other funnel clouds that I don't believe ever ended up touching the ground. The tornado was back in 96 or 97 just north of I-10 outside of Biloxi, MS. Saw it through the back window of the car while on a family vacation. Funnel clouds, seen another one in Mississippi, one just north of 70 in St. Louis, and way back in the mid to late-80s, a funnel cloud developed about 11 blocks from my house over top of White Rock Lake in Dallas. That was definitely the scariest because it was the first one I had seen and I was still pretty young. I've got a couple friends who are chasers now, though, and try to go out with them a couple times a year if possible (both with the NWS, one out of Ft. Worth, one in Dodge City, don't get to see that latter very often). They are scary but quite invigorating to catch! Now if only I can find the damn picture I got of the one outside of Biloxi...
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
Espion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 976 times:
Never,and living in maryland doesnt help much.Although,our school cancelled a short 1/4 miles walk to a high school to see "guys and dolls" becuase of a tornado warning a few months ago.One did destroy a building in the university of MD a few years ago.Also,Maryland,2 years ago,saw its first f5 tornado in la plata.The amish showed up and rebuilt some houses.Good thing i am no where near la plata.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 33
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 961 times:
I STILL have a major tornado phobia! Even reading this post gives me the chills...
I also have nightmares about them on occasion. Usually though, multiple tornadoes are dropping down all around me and no matter which direction I turn to run I am trapped. Scary stuff while you are dreaming it!
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 950 times:
"When I was small I had a big tornado phobia."
I had this too when I was younger...I can distinctly remember one case, in June 1993, when I was 8, during the NBA Finals, the "weather alert" flashed on the TV and said "tornado warnings in effect for the area (with my part of the county highlighted)...I kinda panicked and dragged all my sleeping gear to the basement and slept there for the night, despite my parents trying every technique in the book to get me out of there...suffice to say, I learned a few days later that a tornado had in fact touched down a few miles from our house...
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JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 923 times:
Fort Wayne, IN 2002, we had warnings as an F2 tornado was spotted SW of us in town moving NE (I live on the edge of town). It hit a shopping center and flipped over a bunch of cars (some with people still in them). It tore off the roof of a Kohl's, knocked out the entire glass front of a Best Buy, scaring the shit out of the patrons; they didn't even know it was coming. It also destroyed the shopping center's large theatre marquee. There was also a vacant Goodyear tire building there that lost its roof (and was subsequently razed). It proceeded from there and took out a restaurant. Its next victim was a retirement home where it ripped off the entire roof. Next was the Concordia Theological Seminary were if downed almost all the trees and damaged two on-campus homes. Still about 4 miles from my house, I was standing on the front porch watching and waiting for it. I started to see yellow insulation swirling in the sky (from the retirement home). That made me a little jumpy. The insulation started getting thicker and finally, two blocks from my house, I saw a neighbor's trampoline shoot straight up in the air about 100 ft. or so. I figured it was time to bolt in the basement with my family. We waited and it finally passed. In the neighborhood, it only did any significant damage to the house with the trampoline by punching large holes in the siding from debris. As for my house, the hail took out all of my roof vents and the wind forced enough rain into my kitchen bay area that it leaked into the house requiring the ceiling to be replaced. Afterward, I did have to clean up a lot of insulation from my landscaping and someone's grill cover. Miraculously, there were only four minor injuries (from the retirement home); none of the people in the cars that were tossed were hurt. The next day it caused a big controversy. Near Northcrest shopping center (which is an outdoor center), the big indoor mall, Glenbrook Square, which is the largest indoor mall in Indiana had not told any of the thousands of shoppers that the tornado was approaching. They only stationed security at all of the exits and didn't let anyone leave. Many of the shoppers were upset that they were not warned of the potential danger, but officials said the building is so large they were safe inside and did not need to know. Scary stuff those tornadoes.
Edit: I did find this article that better descibes it. I went by memory (and did pretty good LOL) except this was in 2001 not 2002. Also, it mentions the tornado disapated after hitting the seminary, but the paper reported it briefly touched down again in River Bend Bluffs which is the neighborhood next to mine where the trampoline went airborne.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 909 times:
I saw an F0 roll over Lemont, IL in 1991. I was scared of any cloud with a silver lining after that until I started learning more about weather. Years later, the Monday after next I'll be headed to a local municipality to get training in storm spotting. Also, in Chicago the College of DuPage offers spring storm-chasing tours though I think they cost in the vicinity of a grand. Last summer quite a few tornadic storms rolled across the Chicagoland area, but I didn't see a single tornado, bummer . Anyways, I hope to stormchase sometime in the future and spot another tornado for the first time.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 33
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 901 times:
"Last year. I just walked out from school, I look to the East, and there was this skinny whirling tube. I said *meh* and walked to the car.
I used to be afraid of them too! "
You said *meh* and walked to the car!?!
Maaan, I still have such a fear of tornadoes I think I would have burst into tears in a huge panic and then jumped into my car and promptly drive into a tree or pole or something because I was so freaked out trying to get away from it! LOL!
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 892 times:
So I'm not the only one crazy enough to have nightmares about tornadoes! Mine usually involve a big tornado coming straight at my house and I have to get my parents, or my husband, or my cats, to safety and I can't find all of them or they won't believe me or they hide (the cats).
I did see the sky turn green once in Southern Ontario. I nearly peed my pants with fear. There was no tornado, of course, but the green sky was really freaky!
I think if I walked out of a building and saw a tornado, I'd go running back inside and hide under something!
But that was when I ruled the world
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