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As you have probably seen on the news, both Missouri and Kansas were hit pretty hard by tornados this weekend. One big location they are talking about is the city of Sedalia. This weekend, my family decided to go visit my parents in Clinton, about 45 minutes from Sedalia. My wife and I decided to get away for a little bit and went to Warrensburg, 30 minutes from Sedalia, and left Brandon with his grandparents. After we had went through Lowes, a home improvement store, we got out to the car and the tornado alarms went off. Joy! We called my parents and asked what was going on. At that time the two big storms had just formed and were heading our way. So was started booking it home.

Well the first storm went through Warrensburg, with a history of producing tornados that touched down, about 5 minutes after we made it through south on our way to Clinton. The drive is about 30 miles from Warrensburg to Clinton and about 20 minutes into our journey the second storm passed over the road 15 miles between Clinton, putting us 5 minutes ahead of that one. This one had a tornado that was touched down over the highway, at least that is what the news reported, I didn't see it, I was too busy breaking the speed limit. We made it to Clinton fine and did the typical Missouri thing of standing outside watching the storm go by, even though the tornado alarms in Clinton were going off at that time. It is just too amazing to see the cloud's actions in a storm. No tornado were in the storm, so it was mostly safe. During a storm you will see more people outside their homes than any other time of the year. It is quite amazing to see if you are in your car. Reminds me of Independence Day (the movie) when everyone is looking at the ships in the air.

Thinking back, it is weird to think what might of happened if we stayed in the store for an extra 5 minutes, then decided to leave. Inside the building we would not have heard the alarm and wouldn't have thought anything about it. Tim's town got hit pretty hard and KU didn't have school on Monday because 60% of the campus buildings had damage. With this being the first storm, I are sure we are going to have a pretty crazy tornado season this year.

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:35 AM Personal | Back to top


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Yeah...Lawrence got messed up. Thankfully, all we got was a bit of hail by my house. And we had power to watch the thumping of Texas by KU!!
Left by Tim Hibbard on Mar 14, 2006 6:07 AM

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Knob Noster, Mo. March 12, 2001 at approx, 8:15 pm our house was hit by a F3 tornado. It was totally destroyed. Thank GOD we survived. My daughter called to tell us the tornado was 6 miles north of Leeton, which put it at our doorstep... We dont have sirens in the country and within seconds of her call we were under the couch and the tornado hit. It blew the couch off of us and I saw it lift our house off the basement. Then a wall fell upon us. This wall kept us from being swept away. We manage to get out and are trying to rebuild our lives.....We were very lucky...........LadyStetson0219@aol.com
Left by Marcia and Don on Apr 14, 2006 6:06 PM

# 2007 Tornadoes
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) -- Apparent tornadoes roared across Alabama Thursday and killed at least 13 people, including eight at a high school where students were trapped under a collapsed roof, state officials said.

State Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Yasamie Richardson said eight fatalities "are in relation to the high school but whether they are all students or some students and teachers we're not sure."

House Speaker Seth Hammett, at the statehouse in Montgomery, announced that five people had died at Miller's Ferry, where another apparent tornado tore into mobile homes.

The same system was blamed for a tornado that killed a 7-year-old girl in Missouri.

Martha Rodriquez, a 15-year-old sophomore, said she had left the school about five minutes before the storm hit. When she returned, a hall at the school had collapsed, she said. She did not know if anyone was hurt.

"The stadium was destroyed and there were cars tipped over in the parking lot and trees were ripped out. There were trees and wood everywhere. It was just horrible," she said.

Earlier Thursday, Tornadoes swept through southern Missouri at dawn, damaging homes and businesses and killing at least one person a few hours after another twister touched down in Kansas, authorities said.

Howell County Sheriff Robbie Crites identified the victim as Elizabeth Croney, whose mother, father and a brother were injured when a tornado hit their mobile home in a rural wooded area 16 miles southwest of West Plains.

It took paramedics about an hour to reach the home, and they had to use chain saws to cut through wooded debris blocking the road.

At least four mobile homes, two houses and two service stations in Caulfield were damaged when the twisters hit around 6:30 a.m., and a tornado also touched down near an elementary school in Caulfield. Two more tornadoes were also reported in the area, said Mike Wade, a dispatcher at the Howell County Sheriff's Office.

The National Weather Service reported one tornado's track was 15-miles long and one-quarter mile wide. At one point on the track, one confirmed tornado was rated an EF3, meaning the strongest wind speeds 33 feet off the ground are 136 - 165 mph.

The burst of tornadoes was part of a larger line of thunderstorm and snowstorms that stretched from Minnesota to Louisiana. In Nebraska, strong wind and heavy snow caused whiteout conditions in eastern Nebraska that forced the shutdown of 75 miles of Interstate 80.

In Kansas' Linn County, along the Missouri state line, a tornado Wednesday night destroyed a power substation, and roofs and siding were torn from buildings, Linn County Emergency Management Director David Yates said. He said some minor injuries were reported.

The storm also ripped out poles and electric lines, but power was expected to be restored by the end of the day, said Paul Norris, operations manager for Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative.

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# re: Dodging Tornadoes in Missouri
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we had a tornado touchdown here in Clinton, Missouri that year for about 5 seconds by the hospital.
Left by eric on Mar 11, 2008 5:27 PM

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A few weeks ago, Thursday 3/25, we had a small "twister" in Leeton! We call them twisted sisters because they are the very narrow tube types that usually don't cause any damage....Is there a rating below F1? Anyhow, just chugged along the fields on the West side of the 13 for a few mins and sucked back up. My first tornado since moving back to the Midwest.
Left by Heather on Apr 06, 2010 3:19 PM

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