Had some tornado activity in west Michigan yesterday. We were watching one on internet that was coming right at us. It crossed M-66 and died out about a mile SSE of us. Lots of rain but no damage.
Wow! Too close for comfort.
I have spent most of my life in Earthquake country. Been through a dozen near five point, And one seven point. Earthquakes don't bother me much at all. Tornadoes scare me. I guess it is all in what you are used to.
Glad you came through okay.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I remember the quake we had up here when I was a kid. Small wiggle but I noticed it...
Closest tamato we had: We drive down the driveway in our Beretta and see this funnel hopping down into the lake and crapping out with the water load. Thank heavens.
Great wind damage several years later on August 1st (about 5 years ago).
Mother nature is a testy old gal. Crap shoot, she is with us.
About a mile? Too close...
In 1961 we had a tornado hit our farm, I was only 6 years old. It blew windows in and windows out of our house. It took the roof off our barn, tipped over corn cribs, the steel grain bins landed 1/4 mile away,and a lot of trees down. It was one loud bang and it was all over, scared the crap out of me!
Too close Gary... I think I will deal with the hurricanes get plenty of warning from them
Glad you dodged a bullet!
If you dodged a bullet you most likely live in the wrong neighborhood or Texas!
in the early sixties one came from the south over Portland while I was working in Vancouver Washington. It skipped over the Portland airport I could see. Took out homes next to my job and a bowling alley as I recall. Other then foliage blowing from trees it was to close for my comfort.
Always nice to learn nobody got hurt! Have a sis near K-Zoo, with her girls in & near G.R. Spoke with her this morning. "All OK - No damage, but Wyoming (a G.R. suburb) got it fairly hard." No reports of injuries....
now Fred, we only shoot at people when they touch our trucks. ;)
More than 25 years ago, a co-worker and I were up on a roof repairing an antenna when the weather took a nasty turn. I had never seen a turn like that, but he he had spent much of his life in Texas, and we both decided it would be a good idea to be off the roof for a few minutes. The weather got better, so we went back up and finished our repairs. Just as we were finishing the job, we got the phone call. System outage at a private system that we did the routine maintenance on, about 20 miles south of where we were.
The antenna tower, a well installed, very stout, and overly guyed (double guyed with 3/8 inch aircraft cable, mostly not necessary, the tower wasn't very tall) was twisted off like a matchstick. Nine mobile homes also sustained damage, two of them severe.
The weather service did decide that it was a tornado, albeit a small one. Ray (my co-worker) took one look at the mess and said "Yep, that was a tornado!"
We had the system back on line that night. Permanent repairs took about a week.
Tornadoes do hit Califunny. But not often, or really bad ones. You people in the mid-West would laugh at the stuff most people in Califunny would make a fuss about!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Back in 1995 we were on the MTFCI National tour in Rockford IL with my wife Emily and sons Derek and Carl. We stayed at an antique store to long and a bad storm moved in so we waited out the heavy rain storm under a tree. Every body left and we were the last ones back. Every town we came to the tornado sirens were blasting. We saw 4 or 5 tornadoes, none touched down. My wife was going hysterical and wanted us to go in some ones basement but I refused. She then wanted to know what I was going to do with the tornadoes and I said we would out run them. We were the only ones on the tour that saw any tornadoes that day.