July 23, 2008

Auntie Em!


So. There are currently tornado warnings over parts of Bristol County after trained weather spotters sighted a waterspout over Barrington Beach. The family is in the basement in Somerset.

Looks like it'll pass well north of the coast (here in Fairhaven) but they've extended the warning to the east of the original warning. No telling whether that funnel will drop again. We're awaiting our heavy rain and hail here, they're experiencing it in Somerset.

Quoting the Weather Underground site:

Heavy rainfall may obscure this tornado. Take cover now! If you wait to see or hear it coming...it may be too late to get to a safe place.

Posted by James at July 23, 2008 4:42 PM
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I am very glad you took the warning seriously and got yourselves into the basement.

I heard the weather alert while I was driving home from Cambridge, where it had already rained and was merely wet. As I drove west, boy howdy, did it get ugly!

Glad you're safe. I saw the funnel cloud pix on TV--yikes!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 23, 2008 6:36 PM

I was going to do the "wait until you see it" since our basement is gross and damp and webby, but James told me about the "don't wait you might not make it." (But Dorothy had plenty of time!) M is no longer afraid of thunderstorms after the tornado threat, so that's a bonus. I'm not good at sitting. We played "go fish" and then did "Visual Brainstorms" puzzles. I'm glad it's over.

Posted by: Maggie at July 23, 2008 6:41 PM

When my three oldest siblings were young (my now 56-year-old brother Mark was in a crib), a tornado tore through Worcester, where my family lived at the time. Therefore, we would never take a tornado warning lightly.

The kerosene lamp currently in my living room was available for basement duty in the event of a severe storm and the lights went out, and could be brought to the basement for a tornado warning, if necessary. We used our basement as an activity area. We painted, played, rollerskated--like having an indoor clubhouse. My parents had their toys, too--Dremel and table saws they used to make all kinds of stuff, some of which I still use, like cutting boards.

So for us, the basement wasn't scary--it was a place you could get a little messy while still inside. And, it was a place to take shelter when the bad weather came.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 23, 2008 7:07 PM

Our basement was like that growing up, too, at least the basement of the addition. The basement of the original house was a stone foundation, like mine. But we rode our bigwheels around in there. :-)

I'm not afraid of the basement, I just don't want to be there. :-) It has a low ceiling and it's a stone foundation, so it's really not pleasant.

Worcester is in tornado alley, but I don't know if we've ever had a tornado warning before here. I don't remember one, ever.

Posted by: Maggie at July 23, 2008 8:40 PM

Glad you all came through fine. I heard a tornado touched down in Cardi's parking lot in Swansea and was nervous.

Posted by: briwei at July 24, 2008 11:38 AM

We were nervous, too! Tornadoes are unusual in the SouthCoast. As far as I know, nobody was injured in this storm, but it was a bit frightening to see things go so crazy so quickly!

Posted by: James at July 24, 2008 11:47 AM

Living in Kansas for about 5 years, it just became a fact of life - no summer was complete without a few tornado warnings.

Still, seeing/hearing all hell breaking loose is a pretty awesome experience.

Posted by: Bull at July 24, 2008 1:02 PM

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