Tornado warning

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  1. Tracy Rimmer

    Tracy Rimmer CF, Classroom & Books Mod Supporter

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    We've got a tornado warning on right now. The sky is a really weird color...I think I'm going to get myself a cup of tea and go watch the show!

    Between this and the weird weather north of us (flash flooding) and now in Ontario, I'm beginning to wonder what the heck is going on!

    Keep your fingers crossed for us that it STAYS a warning!!!

    Tracy
     
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    Holly Mackeral Saffire, Grab a roll of toilet paper and go get in the fruit cellar!
     

  3. AngieM2

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    Get the heck to a safe place. A warning is not a WATCH. Usually a warning means a credible watcher has seen the rotation of a tornado and it can touch down at any time.

    I know, I live with these things all the time down here. Had one yesterday, but fortunately went warning after passing over where I live.

    AngieM2 in N. Alabama

    PS: If the sky is sorta pea green, there is probably one close by.
     
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    Ditto.. what Angie said! Or to put it more seriously.. as Samuel L. Jackson in Jurrasic Park stated: "Hold on to yer butts!"

    If you've got the sky color thing goin' on.. it's time to get low!! Let us know how you are tomorrow!!
     
  5. blhmabbott

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    Maybe the definition of a warning and watch are different in Canada???

    Let us know how you made it through!
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    Had an evil one pass through KY a few days ago, not a tornado, but packing some really high winds. Tore the heck out of 125 counties here. Husband and I watched it come through. We lost electric the rest of the night. The clouds were blood red at the leading edge of the system. Watched as it approached the next town over from us and suddenly the sky just went electric blue. Think this was when all the poles and transformers were snapping.
     
  7. Ann-NWIowa

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    If there is a warning - take cover immediately. Don't depend on sky color. We were wiped out by an F-5 in 1979. It was hazy and slightly overcast but the sun was shining - before, during, and after. The only darkness was the debris in the funnel. People who took pictures have a rainbow with the funnel in the middle. By the way it no lightening or hail, and it never rained either - just a huge funnel. TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY.
     
  8. Tracy Rimmer

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    Everything is okay here folks -- warning has ended, but there was golf ball sized hail and unbelievable cloud formations and wind. The sky turned a real dirty green at one point, and we were getting pretty nervous, but it's blown itself out (or away, I don't really care which!).

    Thanks for your good thoughts. We don't get many warnings up here -- certainly nothing like what some of you folks see. The kids were nervous, the animals were acting freaky, and I was drinking a cup of coffee. I think DH thinks I'm officially bonkers now!

    Well, that's about enough excitement for me right now!

    Tracy
     
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    REally glad to know you are okay.

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  10. soulsurvivor

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    you were lucky and glad to know you're ok. We had those pea green clouds 2 years ago in May and had the worst hailstorm that's ever hit in KY. It totaled my car and we had to get a new roof on the house and we were the lucky ones compared to others around here.
     
  11. Shrek

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    Angie,
    Not one, actually 3 tornadoes according to Dan Satterfield yesterday. Madison, Tanner and highway 72 all hid in those 60 mph straightlines we had. Dont you sometimes wish we didnt live in a tornado alley. Ive gotten to the point if its less than an F3 I just go to bed or take a bath. Either one I make sure I'm nekkid. I learned after two rounds living in Huntsville that the best tornado survivors are always on the news nekkid after riding out a bathtub or bed into Memorial Parkway like they were in the Wizard of Oz :)

    Tracy,

    If it sounds like a freight train hanging a left at your mailbox, duck and hang on.
     
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    I'm glad to hear that you're OK! We had some very bad ones here in OKC in 1999 & 2003. 41 killed in 1999. None in 2003. We're lucky to have a very good warning system here & it saves lives. I'm glad that this season has been pretty quiet here, but I'm sorry that it's benn active elsewhere.
    Tornados are fairly rare up there, aren't they?
     
  13. Tracy Rimmer

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    Pretty rare -- I think the numbers are about 80 a year in ALL of Canada. Because we're so close to the mountains, they're REALLY rare here -- most of them are in eastern Alberta/Saskatchewan with a few in Manitoba and southern Ontario. And I think we've had two in recent history that were stronger than an F3. One was in Barrie in 1985 and the other hit a campground in BC, picked up a good portion of the trailers and deposited them in the lake. I can't remember how long ago that one was -- 1996-1998 somewhere, I seem to remember.

    This storm was one of the worst I've seen for being a prospective problem though -- and while we lived in Saskatchewan we saw some doozies!

    Tracy
     
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    Around here, the very first thing we do when a tornadic storm comes up is to unplug the computer!, including the phone line to it. Maybe your storms aren't electric like ours? A bolt of lightening a little too close by can easily ruin your computer(there is not surge protector that can adequately handle lightning), take out your phones, answering machines, you name it. We unplug just about everything except the tv. We use that to keep track of the storm, and can replace it if we have to.
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  15. AngieM2

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    My computer gets turned off and unplugged also. And my computer sewing machine, etc. Get out the battery TV for when the power goes off, and make sure the candles and matches are handy - and that's just if it's going to miss my area. Being in a mobile home, I have to really watch it,

    And if you look at the NOAA weather map, looks as if this afternoon may have some severe thunderstorms here in N. Alabama almost TN state line area.

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  16. Shrek

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    Angie,
    Just hope the storms today track north east like theyre supposed to instead of southeast like the other day .
     
  17. Tracy Rimmer

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    This one was moving NW to SE at an estimated 20 - 50 kilometers per hour.

    We normally don't unplug our computer, as we follow the storms on it -- it's much more reliable as we have satellite television and the satellite goes out at the drop of a hat during a storm.

    DH is an engineer who works in IT and says that it's fine -- it'll hit the server first, which is always on anyhow. If he's not worried about it, neither am I, as it's him who has to fix it if something does get zapped. Hey, I just work here!

    I love storms, but that one was a bit wild even for me. You folks who see stuff like this regularly, I bow :worship: to you. I don't think I could take this regularly!

    Tracy
     
  18. missyinohio

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    Let me guess....Algona? We lived in Rolfe for 18 months. Heard that one touched down there last month through the cemetery, but continued on and took out most of Bradgate.
     
  19. I live in indiana where tornadoes are common (ahem) and I don't pay much attention unless there is hail. I read one time that 95% of tornadoes have hail associated with them so I just don't worry that much (though still have the tv or radio on).

    I lost a computer friday to a thunderstorm that went through here. I hate to admit that is the second computer I have lost to storms. I bought the 4 year coverage for this new one.

    Mel-
     
  20. Don Armstrong

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    We don't hardly do tornadoes here at all. Don't know why. We get willy-willys (whirlwinds - dustdevils) but they don't count as tornadoes. We can get severe storms, and some of those leave damage you might attribute to a tornado. But not often. Very very rarely we'll see damage that you might attribute to a tornado, but we don't see the funnel-cloud. Oh, yes, we do occasionally see the maritime equivalent (sorry - I've lost the term- waterspout, that's it), so it must be possible, but while we might lose a shearing-shed or homestead or like that we just don't see big tornadoes.

    However, we do for sure see that lowering luminous dark copper-green sky, and it means hail for sure.