Tornado


takoda
on Aug 30, 2016 @ 09:59 am



Have you ever gone through a tornado?

On Aug 24th our neighbourhood was hit by a tornado and we had no warning there was even a storm in the area. The sky was clear and no storm warning were up for any where near where we live. We have railroad tracks about a half a block away from our house and we hear trains going by all the time. My husband and I were in our bedroom watching TV at the time and I heard something. I said to him," That's a funny sounding train." For some reason I got up and looked out the window. Don't ask me why I looked out because you can't see the train tracks from where my house sits. There’s house’s across the street blocking them from view, but I sure am happy I looked out when I did or we may not be hear right now! It wasn't a train that I heard; it was the tornado coming right at us!! My husband had gotten up at the same time I did and saw the same thing I saw and started screaming at me to run! We just made it past our laundry room when the window blow out blowing glass towards us as we went around the corner to the center of the house, which happens to be our sons room where he was asleep. As we were running we were screaming to our other son to get in there with us, who just happen to also be asleep at the time. It was the sound of a 80 year old tree that stood over 100 feet coming down that he said woke him up, not us screaming to him because it was so loud he said he couldn't hear us! When we got to our youngest son's room my husband grabbed off of his bed and through him to the floor. He had no clue what was going on and was screaming back at him to get off of him. He's telling people now that he was woken up by having a 250 man jumping on his back. Funny now, but it sure wasn't at the time!! While we were huddled together we heard three transformers exploding as it pasted down our street and headed for the expressway that made it all the more scarier. It seemed like it went on for over 5 minutes, but I don't think it was that long. Later we saw video of it and in it you can see the transformers exploding and you can see it was a half a block wide. We were told later that it was a F2, but it felt a lot bigger! It was the scariest thing we've ever gone through and I hope to God it never happens again! The last tornado to hit Windsor was in 1972. Storms usually come from the U.S. side and dissipate by the time the get across the river to us. We found out two days later that the tornado warning sirens where turned off in our city seven years ago because they didn't think we needed them any longer. I guess they were wrong!! We were shocked to find out our tornado made the news all the way in California when a friend of ours called to see if we were alright. Thank God we all are and so are all of our neighbours. Our block received the most damage and some nice lady started a go fund me page on face book to help those that can't go back into their homes and to cover other families that are in need of help. I don't bring this up for myself, I just wanted to let people know about it because the word isn't getting around that there even is one or that people our in need. Some people don’t even know if they’ll be able to get back in their home by the end of the year! If you ever gone through a tornado please share your story and if you can help please look for the Riberdy Rd. go fund me page on face book. This link should take you to it.

Love you ladies! Hugs!

https://www.facebook.com/donna.bristow2/posts/10153987546880819?notif_t=like&notif_id=1472560796605332



 


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Anonymous
. on Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:18 am

I am so glad you and your family is okay and you were able to get to your kids quickly. My little niece lives close to you but she was visiting us at the time and wasn't in the area. Her family didn't have any damage but there is no doubt how scary it was to see a tornado that close. One of the things her family was saying was how quickly it happened and how there was no warning at all with very little time to react. We watched the video of the tornado right after it was posted and saw how big it was. I can't even imagine how scary it was for you guys on that street. I went to the go fund me page and saw the photos. I made a small donation and hope that others support you as well.
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jcb75
:O on Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:42 am

I'm glad your family is ok...how scary!!!
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DeaneB
omg on Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

I can't even imagine what you went through! I'm glad you and your family are OK!
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fredamans
. on Aug 30, 2016 @ 01:19 pm

Yes, but thankfully no one was hurt. Buildings were damaged, that's it, minus the usual trees down and debris. It is the scariest thing ever. So glad you all made it out safe.
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wendyroy
. on Aug 30, 2016 @ 03:02 pm

wow...so happy that you all escaped unhurt. When I lived in Dallas I saw a couple of tornados, and they sure are very scary!
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prettyrainbow
. on Aug 30, 2016 @ 06:31 pm

What a scary experience that must have been for you all. Thank goodness your instinct kicked in when it did and you were able to avoid getting hurt. I'm glad you're all okay physically and hope you'll get back on your feet soon in terms of repairing the damage it caused.
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takoda
Thanks Ladies!! on Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:26 am

And a big thanks to anonymous for the donation! Every little bit will help those that need it. We don't need help but a lot of others do.

It just hit us so fast and just before it hit, the sun was shinning, there wasn't even a small sign of a thunder storm in our area. We had no warning at all, it’s like it just fell from the blue sky. My brother's house is about seven blocks south and three streets over from me. He said he saw it forming and than watched it go right down the main street in our area heading right for us, but he didn't have time to call me, it was moving way to fast. When he did try to call, all the phones were out, even cell phone and that's when he knew for sure we got hit. We don't think it actually touch ground because all of the smaller trees are still standing and only have damage from other things hitting them. We think if it had touched ground, none of our homes would even be hear and a lot of people would have been killed! So many were out side at the time, cutting their lawns, doing yard work, walking their dogs and some kids were swimming. It’s a miracle no one was hurt more than they were!

One thing that's really up setting is the night it happened and even now, is how stranger's were and still are just walking right through our back yards looking around like they owned the place. It’s like they think they can do it just because our fences were knocked down. You wouldn't believe how many people are doing that! I couldn't let our dog out to chase them away because I was afraid he might get hurt or lost, but I sure felt like letting him go more than once!

Another thing that really up sets me is how all these people are coming to our home's trying to get us to use them to do the work, when we know they're just scammers wanting to steal money! It make's me sick how people like that try and take advantage of others at a time like this. It’s sad very sad!

Now every time we do gets a thunder storm warning I'm just so afraid it will happen again. The next two nights after it hit we were under storm warnings and we all found our selves looking out the windows preying nothing but rain would come down!

I’m sorry for rambling on like I have, I guess I'm still shook up over all this. Thanks for all of your support ladies and hope you all enjoy the long weekend. :)
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wonderwhatif
Never on Sep 01, 2016 @ 08:21 am

Being from the UK, I'm terrified of all those big bad weather patterns. Stay safe!
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