Bad weather

@bdugas (3581)
United States
May 31, 2008 6:11am CST
How many of you live in an area that is constantly being hit with tornados or warnings, I dont' see how those people in the Midwest can constantly be running and hiding from this horrible thing. We live in Ohio, and last night was terrible with the weather coming out of Indianapolis, on it's way to Dayton, all you could see was RED and warning after warning being shown on the screen, for some reason it appeared that after it crossed the state line it seemed weaken, Thank You Lord, we had numerous sever thunderstorm warnings all night, but seeing that red coming towards our area put me into a panic. You see I was about 8 miles from where I am now in 1974 when a tornado hit Xenia Ohio and it was a F-5, I was in a building down town and actually can say the poeple who survived it was not their time to go, this tornado was said to be different from the rest because it had 3 tails, it litterly destroyed 3/4's of the city. Weather said it was the first time that they had thought about makeing it a F-6 tornado, so I never want to see anything like this again, and I cry for the poor people I see haveing to go through this day in and day out. Do you live in one of these areas where this is a constant threat for you, how do you handle it, or is it that you are just used to it as you grew up in that area and it is normal for you. Have you been through something this bad as to take your home, did you stay in the area or relocate to some place you though safer?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 May 08
I am not in the midwest, so I can't speak for those people, but we just moved to the mountains in Virginia last year and we've had to get used to the weather here. Last year it was drought. This year it's too much rain! A few months back I lived through our first tornado warning. It scared the bejeebers out of me! It was the "Get to shelter NOW!" that scared me the most. Shelter? Where??? Of course, we headed to the basement, but it didn't seem that safe to me. I'm getting used to the serious thunderstorms we have here, along with multiple lightning strikes and hail, but I doubt I'll ever get used to tornado warnings. I know that in the midwest, people in rural areas (most, at least) have tornado shelters underground. But I'm sure the people who live in cities don't have anything like that, except maybe their basements. I think I'd build a solid steel and concrete shelter underground, no matter if I lived in a city or in a rural area. Tornados are scary things! Speaking of thunderstorms, we have one coming right now, so I have to go outside and bring in my vulnerable plants from the deck before it starts. I hope you have a great day! Take care.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
31 May 08
I had to add this. We're now under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. today. Talk about coincidence! LOL
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
1 Jun 08
You are probably getting what we had last night, I like you where do you go from the 1974 tornado I learned there is no safe place. at least while living the last 17 years in Louisiana, we was worned days ahead of time of a approching hurrincane, so you could leave.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Jun 08
I am very lucky that I do not live in an area where there are tornadoes, hurricanes or eathequakes. I never heard of a tornado with three tails that is weird.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
1 Jun 08
I live in Canada so we don't see very many tornados and the ones we do get are usually not very strong, like the ones in the States. I can't imagine what it would be like to live somewhere where tornados are always on your mind because they happen so often and so devasting. I would be terrified all the time. I really feel for these people that have been hit so bad this year.
@AmbiePam (49884)
• United States
31 May 08
I live in what is known as Tornado Alley. We've had 10 touch down in my state in the last month, with one fatality I believe. Since the disasterous, tragic tornadoes from May 3, 1999, I think Oklahomans have become even more savvy in protection. I honestly don't panic when we have a warning or watch. I've lived here most of my life. Now if I heard a tornado actually coming my way, I won't lie, I'd be scared out of my mind. But so far the most damage I've had to my residence is tiles off roofs and destroyed trees. I've been really close to the center of the damage before, and I'm grateful I've not experienced the full brunt of the impact. The best thing I can do is be prepared. Tornado warning, I should get in long sleeve clothing, put a hat on, shoes, socks, socks on my hands if no mittens, and get a bottle of water or two as well. I'm not strong enough to pull a mattress on top of myself. Most of the damage done to humans in tornadoes are of flying debris, thus all the clothing. As for the water, that is just in case I am buried in debris, and it takes a while for people to find me. I go to my walk in closet in my bedroom for protection. It's the safest place in my apartment, and I'm on the bottom floor, which is best.
@babykeka80 (2003)
• United States
31 May 08
I live in Florida and we are always at a threat for bad weather. Last year a tornado came through about a half a mile from my home and killed 19 people. It is a terrible thing. We are also faced with lightening on a daily basis and not just a strike here or there either. Very dangerous and very deadly. Not to mention during hurricane season. In 2004 we had 3 go directly over my house. That was a lot of fun. Then you always get the wildfires to look forward to. Those can be a real pleasure to deal with. Florida gets the extremes from all angles for whatever reason but I have been here most of my life so it has become second nature to me. I even remember a year back in the late 80's that it got so cold it froze our front door shut!!! Talk about odd being that you live in FLORIDA. LOL