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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Tornado sirens July edition

We are in it. Very intense winds. Dark sky. Trees blowing a la Gilligan's Island.

Tornado warning until 5:45 p.m.

It's raining everywehre but around my house.


Okay, here's the rain.

More later.

Later 5:30:


Later 5:33: The rain is so loud I can no longer hear the sirens.

Later 5:35: On a personal note. This is strange. The last time something like this happened, my mom was still with us and Allie was here. Now, my mom is has passed away and Allie is at work. I've been alone in worse storms than this, but... not.

5:;36: The world is green and wet and loud. A car just went down the wrong side of the street. I wonder if there's a tree down somewhere.

5:40: Lightning. Thunder. Flickering lights. Siging off 'til later tonight.

5:41 p.m.: Still here. Gus Gordon our local TV weather guy said winds are moving to the south at 40 mph and some other things I wasn't paying attention to. The blowing appears to have slowed down quite a lot. Checking the radar. Still showing the storm overhead. Okay, just saw another car goign down the wrong side of the street. I may try to go outside.

5:44 p.m.: Ah, yes. There's major tree debris (but not a tree; just parts thereof) in the street in front of my neighbor's house. But, I can't tell where it came from. Warning is expiring now, per Gus.

5:58 p.m. Used to be... Used to be I actually liked a good nerve jarring storm like this. Used to be they only happened once a year, or every couple years, or maybe only every several years. Used to be I was a lot younger.

6:01 p.m.: It seems like it has settled into a nice little thunder and lightning storm. The rain has quieted down considerably.

6:05 p.m.


The storm is moving out, but not too fast. FYI, that line is almost straight down I-55 from Chicago to Springfield.

6:30 p.m.: 26th Man live blogging the same storm.

Posted by Marie at July 19, 2006 5:25 PM


Excellent blogging. Thanks, I was ushered into the basement of my workplace until the warning expired.

Boy did those dark clouds look dangerous.


Posted by: JeromeProphet at July 19, 2006 7:03 PM

Thanks, JP. Yeah, I think those clouds were actually our "early warning system" this time.

Posted by: Marie at July 19, 2006 7:15 PM

i was held hostage in best buy for about twenty minutes until the sirens stopped. they didn't tell me until after i got in the door that they were herding everyone to the center of the building. there was some crazy old lady telling one of the employees "oh i wish i had my bible! we're in the last days!!! nowhere is safe!!!" and freaking out whenever the lights dimmed.

Posted by: jason at July 19, 2006 7:20 PM

Oh boy. Glad you made it out okay, jason. I heard the mall was shut down for a time.

Posted by: Marie at July 19, 2006 7:28 PM

I suppose I'm glad that merchants are concerned with public safety but I didn't know they could hold you against your will. I don't think I'd be too happy about that. Glad everyone's OK.

FWIW, I still love thunderstorms, Marie. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms I can do without. We had hail this evening in New Orleans at about 7:30PM.

Posted by: Rob at July 19, 2006 9:37 PM

Rob, Our storm continued on down I-55 to St. Louis after it left here. But I'm pretty sure it couldn't have made it all the way to New Orleans by 7:30. They must be popping up all over the place. We're supposed to get a repeat performance tomorrow about the same time. I wonder if you will, too.

Posted by: Marie at July 19, 2006 10:29 PM

Very intense. Thanks for blogging another midwest thunderstorm. We don't get them like that around here. Sounds like you made it through unscathed.

Posted by: Kem White at July 20, 2006 8:59 AM

Kem, Yes, it was very intense. Afterwards, I found out we had gusts up to 80 mph qualifying it as an F0 to F1 tornado, even though we didn't actually have a funnel cloud.

Now we're getting some rolling thunder.

Posted by: Marie at July 20, 2006 9:53 AM

I don't miss being in those storms at all. I get a lot of rain here, but the wind dosent accompany the rain.

Glad you made it ok.

Posted by: Don Ray at July 20, 2006 4:21 PM

At that time...just after 5, my friend Mark was about home/near Sherman w/ the kids, but his wife was in town heading that way, hearing sirens and beginning to wonder what she should do. Mark directed her to my P's house on the north-end and she rode it out there...then I see in the SJ-R that trees were down in Lincoln park...a little too close to home.

Glad everyone (including all you Spfld-bloggers)is all right!!

Posted by: Marty at July 20, 2006 4:26 PM

Don Ray, Panama seems like a really pleasant place.

Marty, I heard everyone in Sherman lost their electricity due to the storm. That was nice of your parents to take her in.

Posted by: Marie at July 20, 2006 9:46 PM

Heard the sirens at work and the announcement was to seek shelter inside the building. I'm from Chicago and decided to head home instead of wait in the only designated shelter we had (wash room) for hours. It was scary...couldn't see 5 feet in front of the vehicle at times. Had visions of the semi in front of me flying away ala Twister.

Posted by: Steve at July 20, 2006 10:40 PM

Steve, I've been on the highway in blinding rain. You don't know what's in front or behind you. It is very scary. I'm glad you made it home in safe.

Posted by: Marie at July 20, 2006 10:52 PM