A tornado just passed us by, thank goodness

@ramapo17 (22523)
Melbourne, Florida
September 13, 2016 2:19pm CST
As I am on here writing I could be knocked off at any minute. We had tornado warnings for here a little while ago and it was suggested we should evacuate. It was so late that we were afraid to go outside and took our chances. After it passed us, we learned that it hit about a mile or two away. Imagine that. It was nice to be here and see the reports but it was too close for me. It starts to get quiet outside and then it sounds like the sky is falling in. It is great sleeping weather for me but scary at the same time.
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Sep 16
I lived in what we called to rnado alley in South Dakota but we never had one hit our farm just pass by a half mile away.my mom and I One hot summer day watched on the horizon three tornados following one other one huge, one a bit smaller and one very small we called them daddy and mama and baby tornadoes they did not touch our farm.,
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@Hatley You were lucky to have the tornados so close.
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@Marty1 (31956)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Sep 16
@hatley You were lucky you missed those tornadoes I had no idea North Dakota was in Tornado Alley i thought it was just states like Kansas and Oklahoma. Didn't know it went so far north. Glad you don't have to worry about that anymore,
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@Marty1 I am in Florida on the southeast coast.
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@Marty1 (31956)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Sep 16
@ramapo17 I am hoping you are safe i will say a prayer that you do not get hit with the tornado. Be safe. I can understand how scary that might be.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@Marty1 Thank you. I have never been through a tornado and really do not want to be. I have been through major hurricanes, like Sandy a few years back when I lived on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I was also in blizzards. They were fun as the snow was so deep when it finally stopped snowing and it was up to my waist.
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@Marty1 (31956)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Sep 16
@ramapo17 You would have had a blizzard last year as it missed us stopping in the middle of Pennsylvania. I was so mad! i have been hoping the last three years for a blizzard!
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
@Marty1 I was up there during a blizzard and we were forever outside plowing our big driveway. That is one of the reasons we are here in Florida. Personally, I love the snow and don't mind snow plowing but my husband has had 6 heart attacks, 1 bypass, at least 5 knee surgeries and other things. He couldn't take the cold any more. I stay in the house with the a/c on all the time.
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@DianneN (74247)
• United States
13 Sep 16
I know that feeling. Last year we had tornado warnings and although it missed us, it hit Delrey Beach, 10 minutes from us. Where is Melbourne near? A friend just moved to Venice.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
@DianneN We are on the east coast. We are below Orlando and above Miami. Sebastian is below us about 30 miles. Port Everglade is where we sail out of sometimes and that is about 1/2 hour away.
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@DianneN (74247)
• United States
13 Sep 16
@ramapo17 I'm in Lake Worth, just south of Palm and West Palm Beach. You must be about two plus hours away. It took us three hours to get to Orlando.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
@DianneN That sounds right. It takes us a little over an hour to get to the airport in Orlando.
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• United States
14 Sep 16
thank goodness that'cha didn't get that, hon. we've 'd a few come within a mile 'r so from here 's well - always 't night, when ya can't see where 't 's, nor tell which direction 'ts headin'. i hope nobody lost their lives where 't did touch down.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
About 10 minutes down the road. To close for me.
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@Corbin5 (99842)
• United States
13 Sep 16
So good to know the tornado passed you by. I would have been very scared too.
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• United States
13 Sep 16
At our last home we had a series of many tornadoes in one day - 9 killed millions and millions of dollars in damage to homes, etc. One went right over top of our house and the whole thing shook - but it didn't touch down for about 50 miles, someplace in NC and took out a lot of homes. We head to the basement when tornado warnings come out.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 Sep 16
What state are you in @AbbyGreenhill?
@LaJenna (133)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Oh @Abby Greenhill, I am glad you were not hurt. There were many like you said that were not as fortunate as you. I try to help the homeless if and when the opportunity comes to me. There are people that do volunteer to help communities that have been hit hard by such tragedies. Glad once again that you stayed safe.
• United States
14 Sep 16
@LaJenna We moved from that area, we had tornadoes the following spring also, I wasn't taking any chances.
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@LadyDuck (147222)
• Switzerland
14 Sep 16
I hope that you are safe and the tornado passed far from where you live.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
Thanks, it wasn't to far from us but close enough for me.
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@LadyDuck (147222)
• Switzerland
15 Sep 16
@ramapo17 When this kind of weather is not too far, it's scary anyway.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
17 Sep 16
@LadyDuck It is. Things can turn around immediately.
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@JudyEv (118587)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Sep 16
I hope you will be safe. I'd be trying to get a hurricane shelter of some sort installed.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
@JudyEV We can't do that here as it is a 55+ community. We would have to evacuate if things get bad. I don't know where we would go as we are only here 4 months. My neighbors would tell us plus the management.
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@JudyEv (118587)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Sep 16
@ramapo17 You should find out what's expected before it happens. Just to be on the safe side.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Sep 16
@JudyEv You are right. I will look into it.
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@SIMPLYD (78119)
• Philippines
14 Sep 16
So they gave the warning too late for some of you to evacuate ? I guess , tornadoes cannot be detected when it is coming unlike a typhoon ?
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
The tornados are not like hurricanes where you have time to plan.
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@SIMPLYD (78119)
• Philippines
15 Sep 16
@ramapo17 Oh that is scary too .
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@amadeo (61547)
• United States
13 Sep 16
we had a smilar one Sunday.Not a tornado but heavy wind uprooting trees etc.We thought that it was
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
It is so scary with the winds and you never know what is going to get damaged.
• Midland, Michigan
15 Sep 16
I've driven in tornado weather before, although I didn't realize it at the time. When I returned home two trees on either side of our driveway were uprooted and we lost power for a week, but none of my family were harmed and our house went unscathed. We were renting at that time. Our town used to get more tornadoes touching down than I've seen in the past twenty years. We're in a small valley, so much of it passes right over the area. Mostly the city has seen clothes from clotheslines on the top of roofs, but none of the devastation other areas get. There are watches and some warnings every year, but not many that come through this way these days. It's good that it left you all alone and I hope the other area that was hit didn't find anyone at home.
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@Happy2BeMe (74275)
• Canada
13 Sep 16
Be safe! That is so scary especially since it was so close. I would never be able to sleep.
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@nanette64 (17103)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Sep 16
Holy crap @ramapo17 that is too close.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
You're telling me @nanette64. I didn't know where to run to. Luckily we didn't get it in our yard.
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@nanette64 (17103)
• Fairfield, Texas
16 Sep 16
@ramapo17 The bad thing about Florida and Texas is that there are no basements (unless you specifically have one built). In Nebraska, every house has a basement. The soil here in Texas is mostly clay and you have to have a special underground place built that costs a fortune.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Sep 16
@nanette64 We are new in Florida and from the northeast where we had basements. It is kind of scary when I heard about the tornado. It was like, where do we go and usually people don't have time to go to a shelter as they hit so fast.
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@GreatMartin (4306)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
16 Sep 16
Time for you to move on down here!!!
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
17 Sep 16
@GreatMartin I am in Melbourne. They said this was very rare.
@CoolPeace (1593)
• Miami, Florida
16 Sep 16
It is hurricane season for us in Miami.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Sep 16
I know as I am in Melbourne. I never saw so much rain in my life.
@jstory07 (65331)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Sep 16
The threat probably made you really scared. That is good that it did not come over where you lived. I am really glad that you were not hurt.
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@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
16 Sep 16
At least with hurricanes we have time to prepare or evict, not so with a tornado.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
14 Sep 16
Glad that it missed you, I wasn't aware that Florida had tornadoes. Not much warning is given for tornado warnings. I hope that where it hit people had time to evacuate.
@ramapo17 (22523)
• Melbourne, Florida
15 Sep 16
I never knew they got tornados either. We are only here 3 years and I never saw one before.
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@1hopefulman (26024)
• Canada
16 Sep 16
That was very close. Glad it missed you!
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@just4him (109865)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Sep 16
I'm glad it missed you. We don't get many tornadoes here, but when we do, the sirens are going off like crazy and everybody is told to get to the basement or any other safe place they can get to in a hurry.
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@LaJenna (133)
• United States
13 Sep 16
Hope the storm didn't last too long. I never use to understand why thunderstorms tend to help people sleep but I do understand it more now that I am older. I have never been afraid of thunderstorms unless there was an alert to head for cover immediately. Overall I can keep calm during these times, but of course, common sense will kick in if it is even more dangerous than other types of thunderstorms
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