Thursday's Child ... has far to go ... (0nm10wn2feet) wrote,
Thursday's Child ... has far to go ...

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The one that was the 'worst' on Friday was on the ground for about 26 miles, give or take a few hops, skips, and jumps.  It went through the bulk of three counties, creating havoc.  Most of the damage it caused was in the EF1 range, with the exception of places like poor Fenton, which (according to all reports) bore the brunt of the EF2 damage.  Holly didn't fare a LOT better, though, judging from all the reports of people with huge trees crashing into their homes and cars.

Why am I mentioning this?  Because the storm finally dissipated only about 8 miles north of our house.  It scared the beejeebers out of poor Steven, who was at work just before it hit and heard the tornado warnings.  He couldn't remember if we were NORTH or SOUTH of where they said the tornado was.  On his way home, the storm passed over him on the freeway, hitting his poor little car with wind and torrential rains, with tons of lightning strikes all around him.  In fact, a light pole was hit near where he was driving and exploded before his eyes.  The car did not sustain any damage, though, thank heavens.

As usual, I watched the radar and the clouds.  For a time, the tornado that traveled 26 miles appeared to be on a path directly toward us, but it went just far enough north that we didn't sustain more than some branches coming down.  Yes, it looked UGLY.  Yes, it was horrific for those who had to deal with the brunt of it.  We, however, came out unscathed again, thank whatever higher power exists.  As I watched, the seemingly solid storm front once again parted ways just west of us... with severe weather to both the north and south of us, but nowhere near that magnitude overhead.  The phenomenon continues to hold - but we aren't about to put any great amount of trust that it will do so next time.  About the time you think you're safe, you are ANYTHING but, that's for sure.

Frankly, it gave me chills again when Mel was telling me about the prevailing view of the people residing in the Fenton area.  They figured they were pretty much exempt from a tornado actually going through the heart of town because they were "down in a valley."  Gee, where have I heard THAT before??  Oh yeah, about 26 years ago, in May, in Kalamazoo.  Right before the tornado went right down the main drag through town.

Please, people, do NOT buy into that "We're safe in a valley" myth.  And do not be so foolhardy as to believe the one about tornadoes never going through major urban areas because all the tall buildings break up the winds.  SORRY, folks, NOT TRUE!!!  When faced with swirling wind that is traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph, your tall buildings aren't going to fare much better than anything else.  Nor are they going to do a lot to "break up" the winds.  If more people took the time to learn the TRUTH for themselves, instead of just taking someone's word for something that important, perhaps there wouldn't be so many lives lost in major storms of this nature when the unexpected DOES occur.

We were incredibly lucky again.  I don't believe in tempting fate, so I'll continue to make the same preparations for the next storm system that I make for all.  Yeah, I might be doing things unnecessarily, but I'd rather keep everyone safe than be sorry later!!


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