Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tornadoes

A friend of mine (Tara) asked me in the last blog post if we were doing okay in light of the recent and bizarre herd of tornadoes that swept through the entire central part of North Carolina.
Well, we are doing fine. We live in Hillsborough which the tornadoes grazed on either side but thankfully left us alone. During the action I was driving my kids to ice skating lessons and looked up at the sky. "Look at those clouds, girls! They are moving so fast!" I said. Little did I know that to the east and to the west they were moving A LOT faster.
Here is a picture of a Lowes store in a city near us.
An aerial photo shows tornado damage at the Lowes Home Improvement Center in Sanford, N.C. Sunday, April 17, 2011.  A tornado ripped through the area Saturday as a line of severe storms moved across the state.
Can you imagine being in a Lowes store during a tornado? With hammers, nails, 2x4s, lawnmowers, toilets flying all around? Here is the story of how the managers saved the people inside: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=135498048

I have heard several Carolina natives say these tornadoes were worse than anything they've ever seen before in North Carolina....including hurricanes.

I guess it could have been worse, though. Naomi keeps telling people that North Carolina was hit by a bunch of volcanos.

3 comments:

  1. Yikes I had no idea it was that bad! Crazy!

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  2. That is amazing, but not in a good way! We had some tornadoes come through my town when I was a kid. They went down the streets saying, "I pick that house, that one, that one..." They did not pick our house. Every big, old oak and maple at my elementary school was pulled out of the ground and laid (seemingly gently) on its side.

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  3. wow! Volcanoes can be rough.

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