Tornados in central Oklahoma today. Second time ever in my adult life that I felt taking cover was necessary. Footage of one of the twisters today:
Last time: Not prepared (infamous May 3 tornado). Dove into closet at last minute. Couldn’t catch cat. Cat highly amused by flashlight beam peeking from under door to closet. Cat paw trying to **get** flashlight beam during huge tornado nearby and debris hitting house. Not fun.
This time: Prepared. Closet under stairs cleaned out; chair pads in place for comfort; mini-battery TV powered up and ready to grab; bicycle helmet for head safety; blanket for covering up to keep away damage from falling debris. Oh, also cell phone in shirt; tv remote in shirt; house phone in shirt. Boy cats isolated in guest bathroom. Girl cat isolated in hall bathroom. Purse with all ID and info in closet. Good camera in closet.
Result: Unnecessary in the end. Was closer to the action last time around. But could do without it all.
Footage above of tornado near El Reno, site of the infamous three-wheeler accident that I have blogged about before.
A Huge Concern: Our friend’s house is very VERY very near where this tornado crossed Highway 81 north of El Reno. Haven’t heard if he is okay, if he was home, etc. Knowing Dave, I’m sure he is probably out trying to rescue people and their animals. I hope so anyway.
Super Huge Concern: One storm looked like it was making a beeline for my babygirl’s house. Luckily, not affected.
Best amusement factor: Local weather guy Mike Morgan’s bejeweled necktie. Evidently he wears it on severe weather days. It has its own facebook page now. Not as popular as Beatrice’s Ridiculous Hat, but maybe will be one day. Is that bedazzled or is it sequins. You be the judge.
Best mess-up of a weatherguy: Gary England calling the South Canadian River by the wrong name. He called it the Red River. Very wrong and typical Gary. He also called a road name wrong. He said “Sara Lee” instead of “Sara Road”. Classic Gary. He always gets my side of town wrong somehow also.
But we forgive him because he says things like “Jump Back Loretta” and “Friday Night in the Big Town.” Gary actually has a drinking game named after him since he is very excitable and tends to get things a bit mixed up. Here’s a link to the rules:
Most wired Weather-Guy of the day: Rick Mitchell on Channel 5. He is usually the calm and informative one. Today that award goes to Mike Morgan (and his tie). Rick was wound up tight. Had to change channels and was forced to watch Gary get things wrong.
So anyway, hopefully everyone is safe and sound. I know there have been some fatalities with this storm, but I promise it is because of the wonderful weather reporting we have here in OKC. They can track these storms down to the street and intersection and tell you within seconds of when it is on top of your house. And luckily, still have a house. Some tonight do not.
How’s things in YOUR world today?