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#4495122 - 08/22/17 11:30 AM Ever been in a tornado?
oilpsi2high Offline


Registered: 12/18/14
Posts: 1318
Loc: NY, USA, etc.
Living in NY, we don't really see very many tornadoes. Even when we get them, they are small and nothing like an F5 that would be seen in the midwest.

There's a tornado watch for today, which makes me wonder if anyone on here has actually physically been in a legitimate tornado?

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#4495125 - 08/22/17 11:35 AM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
CincyDavid Offline


Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 704
Loc: Cincinnati, OH USA
Nope, closest I came was watching one go by on a nearby ridge in 1974...the impressive part was delivering food and whatnot to those folks the next day and seeing that all of their homes were just GONE. I have a healthy respect for weather events like that and would much rather be an observer than a participant.
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#4495130 - 08/22/17 11:37 AM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
28oz Offline


Registered: 04/20/17
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Loc: Utah, USA
Been in the vicinity for an EF-1, but not directly in it. Hurricane? Yes. A big one.
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#4495131 - 08/22/17 11:39 AM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 03/30/14
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Loc: NJ
They were around me and above me one night I spent in Texas. I was in a restaurant about 1/4 mile from my hotel and couldn't leave. The funnels just kept forming and forming. I was just lucky only a few of them touched the ground and those weren't near me. The color of the sky is unworldly.


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#4495139 - 08/22/17 11:52 AM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: CincyDavid]
bullwinkle Offline


Registered: 10/09/04
Posts: 7657
Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Originally Posted By: CincyDavid
Nope, closest I came was watching one go by on a nearby ridge in 1974...the impressive part was delivering food and whatnot to those folks the next day and seeing that all of their homes were just GONE. I have a healthy respect for weather events like that and would much rather be an observer than a participant.
I was 9 years old that day, I still have a healthy (unhealthy?) fear of tornadoes & tornado warnings since then, after having seen what that F5 did to downtown Xenia-like a half mile wide bulldozer.
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#4495146 - 08/22/17 12:04 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 1067
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
In retrospect I realized I had been in a tiny one. A few months ago we were driving in Edmonton just before a rain storm hit. Suddenly a large whirl-wind appeared on one side of the road, threw gravel at the car and came across the road, right "through" our car.

At first I put it down to a strong dust devil. But as I thought about it realized you don't see dust devils associated with rain storms; they appear on almost calm, hot and dry days. And they don't throw gravel; they're just not that strong. So most likely it was a very small tornado.

About 20 years ago we were chased by a larger tornado for close to 1/2 hour but it eventually crossed the highway behind us. On the news they said it demolished a farm yard - overturned a combine, and picked up granaries and threw them long distances. That one was much bigger, but, in the scheme of things still fairly small. That was one of the most frightening experiences of my life.
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#4495147 - 08/22/17 12:05 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41767
Loc: New Jersey
Yes, one passed in front of me when I was young. Downed lots of trees in its path, but not a ton of home damage despite being a suburban residential neighborhood. The yellow sky was the thing I remember the most. Was very weak but still did a lot of damage.

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#4495159 - 08/22/17 12:20 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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#4495163 - 08/22/17 12:24 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 748
Loc: USA
Yeah as a kid in Georgia a large one landed in my back yard at 2 in the morning. It l knocked over two pine trees one fell in front of the house in behind. It was the loudest roar you could imagine. My neighbor was on national news as a chunk of pine tree was snapped off and shot like a nail through their roof then the kitchen hardwood floor and into the basement.
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#4495166 - 08/22/17 12:28 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
SirTanon Offline


Registered: 06/23/14
Posts: 2144
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
I've been through three different tornadoes:

1 - I was about 14, in our house in Naperville, IL, and a tornado came through near us. Mom took me down to the basement and we hid under a mattress. Turns out it came very close, but did not actually hit us.. Call this one a near miss

2 - I was about 15, a boy scout, and we were coming back from a camping trip somewhere in central IL. The scoutmaster was driving, and there were 4 of us in his station wagon. We were driving along a very straight, very flat section of highway.. you could literally see for a good 10 miles in all directions. I was sitting in the far back, sitting in the wagon section, along with another scout, and we were goofing around, when I happened to look out the back and saw a tornado that had been traveling perpendicular to the highway, to our south (behind us), hit the highway and suddenly turn, and head straight up the highway in our direction. I yelled forward to the scoutmaster and told him about it. He looked in the mirror, said something a scoutmaster would not normally say in the presence of his scouts, and punched it. Problem was, there was NOTHING but straight highway for a few miles. Up ahead, there was an overpass, but it was miles away.. I don't know how fast he got the car going, but he was going for it. We made it to the overpass with maybe 30 seconds to spare. he pulled it as far in as he could, we got out and rushed up the side to the little wedge area at the top, where it met the road going over top, and grabbed on to the crossbeams. The tornado went RIGHT overhead.. and the wind/suction was insane.

3 - I was about 23, and my girlfriend and I were in a bank in Naperville with our daughter. This particular bank had a lot of large windows, and it was raining pretty good when we got there.. while we were inside, we could clearly see the sky turning green.. and while I was watching out the window behind the tellers, I literally saw a tornado drop RIGHT in the intersection behind the bank, and start churning in our direction. They quickly ushered us into the basement (lucky for us they had one), and we waited it out for about 45 minutes. When we finally came back up, multiple windows were broken, and things were a mess. There was a large building next door that had its metal roof about 3/4 pulled off by the tornado. They really do sound a ton like a freight train.


... It's funny.. My wife, who grew up on costal Australia and has never seen a tornado anywhere except on TV or in movies, will sometimes say that she wishes she could see a tornado up close.

I always just tell her "Trust me - No, you really don't"
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#4495174 - 08/22/17 12:33 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
jonnied1 Offline


Registered: 10/16/16
Posts: 125
Loc: WV
Yes, I was parked under an overpass in Lubbock TX. during the May 1970 Lubbock tornado. I stopped there because the rain and hail was so bad I could not see the road anymore. Pulled out after the storm passed and everything around me was destroyed. That tornado took out the north end of Lubbock.
I was in big trouble because I could not get back to Abernathy TX. with my date that night. Her dad was about to kill me since I wasn't supposed to be with her to start with.
I was scheduled to leave for basic training in the Air Force five days later, so I stayed out of sight until I left town.

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#4495217 - 08/22/17 01:19 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
Marco620 Offline


Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 2186
Loc: Deplorable Kansan,HK fan!
Survived the one in Andover, Kansas in the early 90s. Scary stuff. Was at Wichita State University that day. EF4 or 5...no thanks.
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#4495220 - 08/22/17 01:25 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 11/24/03
Posts: 1063
Loc: Middle of Iowa
Live in the middle of Iowa...so yup!

Seen several of them, and used to chase them in high school and college. I have never personally had damage to my property because of them...although some of the larger odd branches I often wonder after a good storm. Living in the midwest I won't own a house without a basement, but I certainly am not scared of them. Every time the sirens go off, I head outside to see what I can see. Unless it develops right on top of you, you can see them coming and take cover. The hard part is to not get mesmerized by them and lose the ability to take cover when needed.
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#4495234 - 08/22/17 01:37 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18150
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
I've seen a couple of funnels form in the sky,but never touch down. I have pictures of them somewhere.
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#4495239 - 08/22/17 01:43 PM Re: Ever been in a tornado? [Re: oilpsi2high]
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Registered: 11/29/03
Posts: 730
Loc: Ohio
I lived approx 8 miles away from where the Palm Sunday 1965 tornado stuck Toledo. We had only one broken window, but before I made it to the basement I remember seeing three 55 gallon oil drums flying 30 ft in the air in front of our house. For the next six hours it felt like we were being bombed. In 2010 many trees were knocked down 2 miles from where I live now.

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