Monday, May 7, 2012

Tornado Pictures

You know you're in Kansas when your blog posting is interrupted by a series of tornado sirens. That's what happened to me last night as I was getting ready to publish my post.

The storm that hit while I was out running yesterday turned out to be the edge of a large system that brought with it heavy rains, hail, flash flooding and tornadoes.

The hail hit around 6:00 and then the sirens went off about 6:30. A tornado had been sighted over our section of town, but as it touched down only briefly, no damage was done.

At 7:30 the power went out. After the all-clear, I went upstairs and looked out the window. An impressive river of water running through our yard and pouring down over our driveway. Unfortunately, my cell phone had died by that point I wasn't able to get any pictures.

There were a number of pictures of the tornado posted online today, one of which was taken just down the street from us. And no, I never saw it, because I was not standing out on my porch, but rather I was IN THE BASEMENT WITH MY KIDS.

The rest of you -- out of the gene pool!

Anyway, I collected some of the shots taken by those who should not be procreating, so you can see what springtime in Kansas looks like.

Photos from KCPT-5 website.











Gotta love a stormchaser with Instragram







So. Who's up for a visit? Anyone?



18 comments:

  1. Everyone knows a true Kansan stands outside to watch for the tornado until the very last minute. How else are we going to get these great photos? I love the helicopter guy the following the storm on the news. Seems dicey to be in the air during these storms.

    Thank you for breaking them up in your neighborhood before they hit me!! Glad we're all safe. Yikes.

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    1. See, I'm from California. Less in-breeding, heightened life preservation instincts.

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  2. Hi. I seem to have lost my dog. Have you seen him? His name is
    Toto.

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    1. I hear something on the roof. Let me go call his name.

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  3. Um. No.

    Last spring we had the first *actual* tornado Central Massachusetts has seen in over 80 years. Until that point, we had some pretty scary-as-all-get-out microbursts, but no real tornadoes. I even have a post in which I poke fun at my daughter for being so riled up about them since it's something that never happens here.

    It's sort of a requirement of mine. There is to be NO tornadoes. Those things freak the crap out of me. Even before I'd even been in one. (Or rather, quite near one.)

    I'm so glad you are all safe!

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    1. Hmmmm...I prefer tornadoes to hurricanes, which cut a wider swath.

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  4. WOW! i have never seen anything like that in real life before! How fascinatingly scary!

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    1. PM - Neither have I. I'm always down in the basement!

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  5. Yikes.

    As a fellow Californian, I feel you. We now live in Miami and the *second* hurricane season starts I start cleaning the bathtubs even more regularly, juuussssttttt in case we need them for extra water storage. Or a nice clean bed.

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    1. I'm impressed. Despite all the sirens we have, I've never once cleaned out the basement just in case. :)

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  6. ME ME. I like my visits spiced up with threats of disaster. And anyway I've never been in a basement before. I'll bring wine and candles.

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    1. Ding ding ding ding! We have a winner. Guest room cleaned, pillows fluffed, extra chair in basement with your name on it, Toni!

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  7. And here's me complaining about a couple of weeks of rain in the UK... really does not compare!

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    1. Rain is lovely but tornadoes are much more exciting.

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  8. Holy crap, that looks scary. I've been haunted by the thought of tornados (spelling?) ever since I saw The Wizard of Oz as a child. Glad you are safe ....

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    1. I was much more scared of the monkey than the tornadoes. They don't seem to faze my kids, but I used to have nightmares about them!

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  9. Thought of you & kids when I saw the tornado pics in Aussie Media. Glad you stayed safe!

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    1. We made the news in Australia? Go Kansas!!

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