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  •  I grew up in Topeka, Kansas. (15+ / 0-)

    I was 10 years old in 1966 when an F5 tornado flattened a lot of the city. If it had happened during school/work hours, it is estimated that it would have killed 5,000 people. We were lucky that only 16 died...but over 100 were hurt.

    In 1974 I was visiting my grandparents in Drumright, Oklahoma, when a tornado hit, killing 12 in the nursing home, and destroying over 100 homes.  I believe that one was an F3.

    Incidentally, both of these tornado hit on June 8th of their respective years...needless to say, I watch the sky a bit more diligently on that day each year.

    Here in Ontario, last August, an F3 tornado destroyed  Goderich "The prettiest town in Ontario" on lake Huron. They were lucky only 1 person died.

    Thank you for all of the work you do to get the message out. I'm quite worried that one of these monster storms is going to hit where the people and the media just aren't prepared to cope.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

    by SaraBeth on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 02:51:45 AM PDT

    •  We saw that a few days later. A mile-wide swath (4+ / 0-)

      cut through the city.

      You can still see it today.  If you look at aerial photos, you can see a band of apartments between single-family homes running from the SW towards downtown.  That was the tornado's path.

      Shocking destruction.

      What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes

      by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:46:01 AM PDT

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      •  It sure was.... (1+ / 0-)
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        people owe their lives to the broadcaster/spotter who was trapped on Burnett's Mound during the height of the storm.

        I watch this and marvel that I am still here. They dug us out of our basement.

        "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

        by SaraBeth on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 01:25:30 PM PDT

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