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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 10th Feb '09 10:39 PM


Hey, when you have a chance, those of you in the path of the tornado warning/action in the northwest Dallas area, please check in (and I know you might have lost electricity for awhile in the storm) and let us know you're safe.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Tue, 10th Feb '09 11:08 PM

Well, I'm back after huddling in an interior room with the city alarm system sounding.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 10th Feb '09 11:30 PM

Whew! I'm so glad you're ok. I've been watching the radar and listening as they kept setting off warning alarms, city by city. I'll be glad to hear from Marsha, too. Did you hear there are 5 houses in Colleyville that lost their roofs?

Salzypat  (Level: 154.3 - Posts: 5295)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 12:55 AM

Is it tornado season already?! hope everyone is OK

Mastercracker  (Level: 24.3 - Posts: 5)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 1:39 AM

I'm not in Dallas but we have a tornado warnings all day & night. I hope to hear from Mitchy - she is only 10 miles from me -I'm in Burkburnett Tx. We had lots of high winds and hail but thank goodness no tornadoes. Jimmy

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21552)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 3:30 AM

Glad Texas folks are well-I only saw on TV about Oklahoma-anyone from there and if so you okay? Linda

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 6:20 AM

Hey Jimmy - good to hear from you. There are several active Sploofus Texans here and we're always looking for more! (I don't think I remember hearing from you before.) Thanks for checking in! I hadn't heard about Burkburnett's watches/warnings. I'm so glad everything's ok there.

Mitchy  (Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 6:25 AM

Thanx Janice & Jimmy for your concern. We got lots of wind, hail and rain. No Tornadoes. Linda, the OK. state line is only about 10 miles from me and 3 miles from Mastecracker (Jimmy). So usually if its in South OK. its here in W.F. TX. too!
In today's paper it said some businesses had the roof torn off from the high winds. Yuk!
April 10,1979 Wichita Falls was hit by one of the largest & most destructive tornadoes in Texas history.
It pretty much wiped out the whole city. This thing was like 2 miles wide maybe more. It started out as one and joined with 2 other tornadoes and traveled from W.F. all the way to Oklahoma.

Here is a link with photos and info. on this killer. Please check it out!

Thanx Mitchy

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 6:39 AM

I remember that one, Mitchy, and seeing the damage driving through WF on the way to Amarillo. Thanks for posting the video.

Also - here's a video of yesterday close to Oklahoma City as they watched a tornado form OVER a school live on TV:

I don't usually think of February being tornado season yet here, but we do have some trees and plants blooming already - I saw some tulips yesterday, so tornado/storm season always comes along with the blooms.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 6:44 AM

Sorry Mitchy - I meant photos on your link. I can't remember - did that tornado hit WF at night so there weren't children in the junior high when it hit?

That must be an F5 - as the movie Twister says, "finger of God."

1mks  (Level: 207.9 - Posts: 5864)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 7:01 AM

Jeez, what a dunce I am....I slept through the whole thing. Like I had said earlier in the evening I was really tired. Happy to be here today...LOL

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.7 - Posts: 5432)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 9:15 AM

Glad to hear that everyone is okay...there are tornado warnings out for parts of Tennessee today and also severe thunderstorm warnings...God is watching over us guys...remember that?

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 9:25 AM

Nothing wrong with that, Marsha. The last person who slept through a tornado got a movie made out of it.

Mitchy  (Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 3:43 PM

Here are some photos of the tornado! ITS BIG......

Crystalm  (Level: 15.8 - Posts: 7)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 4:15 PM

Wow! That is Terrible..

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Wed, 11th Feb '09 4:20 PM

Thanks for posting that link too, Mitchy. What I remember is seeing where the apartments were. I didn't know there were as many as 5 together in that monster. And I thought the Smoke Monster in Lost was scary. Nothing like the real thing. What amazes me most is how they can be rain-wrapped and you not even be aware there's a tornado amidst the cloud coming at you.

The closest I've ever been was a tornado that went over my house - it was a scary, huge low growl of noise. It set down about 3 blocks from my house. I only lost a large tree limb in the front yard, and the car was in the garage so it didn't hit it. That's closer than I ever want to be again.

The angriest I've been about a tornado situation was in 1981 (I think- 1981ish). I lived in Granbury and we were in the path of an oncoming tornado but didn't really know it. A policeman drove down our neighborhood street blaring over his loudspeaker to take cover immediately because of the imminent danger. We were not hit.

But that policeman was fired for doing that - apparently someone complained that he had scared them. Sheesh! Had the tornado hit, he would have been a hero for saving lives. I've never respected the Granbury PD for that.

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