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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Tornado Sirens: April 2 2006 edition

This is unreal. The tornado sirens are sounding and have been for about five minutes. Sky has that green tinge to it. But, not as green as I've seen it in the past. Standing by.

6:01 P.M.: Just for reference sake, it was three weeks ago tonight we got hit with sister tornados.

6:04 P.M. Here comes the rain.

6:05 P.M.: Lights flickering. Damn. This is wearing me out. Seriously.

6:06 P.M: I'm checking in with Weatherman's Wisdom, a Springfield blogger and storm watcher chaser.

6:07 P.M.: LIghtning getting closer. Thunder.

6:09 P.M.: The city tested the siren system last week (or maybe the week before) and found all but nine of the 54 are working.

6:10 P.M.: Lights go dim.

6:11 P.M.: Still sounding.

6:14 P.M.: Everyone handles stress different. Some people yell. For no apparent reason. Sorry.

6:16 P.M. WMAY is off the air. Lightning is going cloud to cloud right above our tree tops. What's left of 'em.

6:17 P.M.: Thunder. I'm watching News Channel 20 on TV. Man on the street: "Things have passed us by. Hopefully this storm is long gone."

6:18 P.M.: Sirens stopped. Storm moving to the northeast. Strong line. Down into Christian County. Getting closer to Taylorville. Per Gus Gordon Ch. 20.

6:22 P.M.: Still with Ch. 20. Reports of damage. Power lines down. Power outages in Auburn. No reports on numbers. Not sure if viewers calling in or officials. Apparently viewers. Per Julie. Hail. Edinburgh, Sherman. Nathan is apparently the man on the street. Problem with his mic. He's 50 feet away from the backdoor of Ch. 20.

6:24 P.M.: Get in the basement if you have one. Get out of mobile home. Never stay in a mobile home during a tornado. Find a building. Find a ditch and lay flat. Still raining. This storm is dangerous. Massive black circling clouds.

6:27 P.M.: WMAY is now running off generator power. The power is out in Riverton.

6:28 P.M.: Many business destroyed on the north side of Taylorville. Ch. 20.

6:29 P.M. As we continue to warm the earth, these occurrences are going to become more frequent. That's me.

6:30 P.M.: Still lots of thunder.

6:36: Temps shot up to 72 degrees this afternoon. Now we're waiting on a cold front. Ch. 20. Tornado warning is now in Macon County (that's over Decatur way).

6:38 P.M.: Report of a 1200 pound boat being blown into a house at Chatham Road and Wabash. I was just at that intersection about two hours ago.

6:44 P.M.: TV showing raw video of someone filming from under an overpass.

6:46 P.M.: Fire at Lowe's. Air conditioner unit blew through the roof causing the fire. That just sounds so strangely fantastic.

6:47 P.M.: This form of blogging is exhausing. I'm out for now. Will check in later tonight. Weather permitting.

6:54 P.M.: Last update: The sirens are sounding Chatham. Because they're stuck. No tornado warning in effect for Chatham. Just stuck sirens.

7:00 P.M.: Piatt and Champaign Counties. You guys are in it now. Good luck. Stay safe. I'm out.

Posted by Marie at April 2, 2006 5:58 PM


Oh, no not a gain. It is suppose to hit us at 6:42 PM. Hang in there...

Posted by: Randy at April 2, 2006 6:11 PM

Thanks Randy. So far so good. Good luck to you and yours.

Posted by: Marie at April 2, 2006 6:13 PM

We are ok. Right after I posted the comment, I lost power for a moment. After that the storm hit us right away. Not sure where they got the 6:42 time. The winds really picked up so we went right to the basement. My garbage can is in the middle of the corn field now. Hope the rest of the night is better.

Posted by: Randy at April 2, 2006 6:55 PM

Randy, you should be safe for the rest of the night. Watching Ch. 20, they're saying the worst is behind us.

Posted by: Marie at April 2, 2006 7:02 PM

I see that. I am watching the same news. I am going to see if simpsons are on. :)

Posted by: Randy at April 2, 2006 7:03 PM

Was there garbage in it? I hate going around picking up little bits of garbage after a storm.

Posted by: Marie at April 2, 2006 7:03 PM

WOW, Marie. I know you can't get everything that races through your mind down but this is an excellent sampling. This is very familiar to me. Very glad you're OK. Great stuff. Again, WOW.

Posted by: Rob at April 3, 2006 9:38 AM

No garbage thank goodness. Anyway, I almost went out to get it after the storm but thought otherwise since it was still lightning out.

Posted by: rkvlk at April 3, 2006 9:56 AM

No garbage thank goodness. Anyway, I almost went out to get it after the storm but thought otherwise since it was still lightning out.

Posted by: rkvlk at April 3, 2006 9:58 AM

Wow, Marie, another live blogging of a tornado. You've had a hard last few months. Glad to hear everything sounds OK with you after this latest weather.

Posted by: Kem White at April 3, 2006 10:31 AM

We looked out the window and saw a big dark funnel cloud over Jennie Stuart Hospital around 9:45 Sunday, April 2nd. My cousion's house had shingles missing from her roof and my uncles cousions house was demolished and nothing was left but trash. God was with us and no one was killed during this storm in Christain County Kentucky. There was 21 injuries and one was in my cousions family. Her name was Tia Alder and she hurt her foot when she trying to escape out of her trailer it was to late her trailer is completley gone. For more info on the tornado go to tornadosinkentucky/christaincounty.com

Posted by: Katlyn at April 7, 2006 11:34 AM