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Sure it started a while ago, but I got the short straw and had to travel to Texas for work. I missed the first round last week, but I'm in the same boat as most of the state tonight. It should poke around here at 4-5 am, so I'll download a tornado app to get any warnings. I don't care about the hail as it's a rental.

Might be a fun night to be on the top floor of the hotel. Time to scope out the exits and pack the essentials in a grab bag with the shoes lined up and ready.

Stay safe, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, etc.
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EF2 @ Laurel DE morning of the 15th
Delaware rarely gets tornados

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No tornadoes here yet, but getting our first big Thunderstorm line tonight.
Thunder rolling already, could be an interesting night.
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I hate being in an area where I don't know the cities or counties when this stuff starts. So I'm researching. At home we have a ring of counties programmed in the weather radio. Severe thunderstorm and above for our county and tornado warning for the surrounding counties.

Of course I'm in East Texas so its overnight. I'll leave the TV on the local news and hope I wake up if bad stuff fires off.

Its nothing new, I'm just stuck in an unfamiliar area. I normally prepare in hotels. My wife has been through 2 hotel fire alarms, so we normally lay out clothes and pack important stuff in a grab bag out of habit.
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Make sure your phone is charged.
Check batteries in flashlights and portable radios.
I'm running the dishwasher and washing machine now in case power goes out for awhile.
I'm also running the A/C for the same reason, I don't want to try to sleep in a hot house if power goes out at 10PM.
I've moved some plants outside that I didn't want to get bashed up by hail.
Not much else to do but wait and hope it goes away or fizzles out.
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I pray the weather is calm, and no tornados or winds which destroy like tornados!! Y'all be safe!! It'll be our way tomorrow night.
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Looking at the weather radar, I expect we'll get brief but strong storms here within the next 30 minutes or so.

They're not predicting tornadoes for around here, but we might get some large hail.
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The front didn't arrive here until around 11:00 PM, but it dropped about 1/2" of rain in 20 minutes. The ground was covered with pea-size hail too. All is quiet now.
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No tornado watch or warning here apparently. Just thunderstorm and flood. I'm surprised. Must just not be the right kind of storm for it.
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Holy crap, that wind gust just hit here!
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I woke up at 4 am to light hail and lightening. The hotel AC has a tone in the fan that sounds like a tornado siren in the distance. Faint but it got me up quickly. The local news showed the storms were strong from Houston to Shreveport. It's still raining here but should stop before noon. They mentioned trees down in places so I'll leave early for work. I didn't pack a chainsaw.
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Two years ago a small tornado pulled my livestock shelter out of the ground, and threw it into the trees.
This spring my new house is ready and i have a bed set up in the basement.

Tornados will happen in the central plains, but ICF basement walls will survive.
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At home we have a large basement that we turned into living space. We can watch the news and sleep down there during storms. A bar/kitchen and a bathroom. If the house was wiped off the foundation, I would tarp the first floor and live down there.

My next house will be a concrete ranch with a full basement, a walkout garage/shop in part of the basement, steel shutters, and a steel roof tied to rebar that runs to the foundation.

250-300 mph impact design consideration. It would be difficult to burn too.
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We actually have a tornado watch right now. I didn't think they had tornadoes in the mountains. It's been pouring on and off all day, flash flood watch, severe thunderstorm watch etc.
If we get a tornado here we are screwed. We live in a wooden house on top of a mountain.
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We actually have a tornado watch right now. I didn't think they had tornadoes in the mountains. It's been pouring on and off all day, flash flood watch, severe thunderstorm watch etc.
If we get a tornado here we are screwed. We live in a wooden house on top of a mountain.

Depends on which side of the mountain. In Alabama, the tornadoes seemed to "bounce" when they came over one mountain/cut on the ridge west of The city, so the top part of the away-side (east side) of the mountain was fine
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Another popped up yesterday afternoon 50 miles from here. It leveled an ice cream shop. The bastard.

There may have been 2 or 3, but sometimes those are the same one being reported from different angles, so they need to sort that out later.
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It sounds like last weekend was a rough one in Tornado Alley down south. And today is shaping up to be worse.

Up here we had a storm go through and dump serious rain. This whole week we're getting storms.

Stay safe.

You can watch storm chaser live streams here, or several other sites.

https://www.severestudios.com/livechase/
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Sounds like yesterday was busy again down south of us. The storm stalled out and we didn't even get the 2-3" of rain forecasted. They also managed to open the section of I-29 between Omaha and Kansas City damaged by the floods and the major artery that goes west of the city here. That one was a month ahead of schedule.

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-0...oklahoma-texas
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Well damn. It's been quite the last 12 hours here - high wind, torrential rain and grape size hail. Sirens went off every hour since about 10pm last night. Nodded off a while in a chair, full clothed with my boots on, while hubby got a little shut eye.
6:15 this morning a tornado touched down about 3 miles from us, then skipped and touched down again about a mile away. Property damage and mild injuries in both.
As so many tornadoes do in our area, it then followed 75N-bound and hit the hardest out by the airport and zoo.
To the N and W of us, flooding is a problem. Many roads are closed a few smaller bridges out in the country are in danger of washing away completely AND we aren't done yet.....






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Well I'm here in Enid, OK and flash flood warnings out till the 23rd. I don't recall the areas the tornado's hit, but I think there was 2 in OK and 2 in Texas last night (20th).
We got one hell of storm lastnight here, it flooded my yard and knocked down some branches. It still raining off & on.
A man got hit with lightning here in Enid yesterday. I certainly don't envy him , but I haven't heard how that turned out. All I know is, 911 was called & he made it to the hospital. Yes, it's nasty storm system coming through here with a one day reprieve (tomorrow) and then it starts up again, at least thats what the forecast predicts.
More news later.
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