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Just got our electricity back on and fortunately we are all safe and sound and our property is in good shape. It was one hell of a day, an F3 tornadoe was on the ground for over two hours...I live in the suburb of Gladstone and is destroyed over 200 houses here. By some amazing feat we went unscathed other than tons of debris landing in our yard and house. The only damage we may have substained is our roof due to hail the size of hardballs. I've seen the nickel sized hail before, but this was ridiculous, this stuff could have easily killed anyone who came in contact with it...massive chunks of ice....<br><br><br><br>
Good news is the destruction stopped one block from our home. We live at the bottom a large hill at the end of our cul de sac and the tornadoe actually went right freaking over us, dumped some debris, and then landed again about three blocks to the east of us, before traveling 10 more miles through liberty. We hit the deck, once I saw swirling debris and then it was over. I drove up the street and massive destruction, trees and houses just decimated. I'm still in shock at this point, but just wanted everyone to know we are okay!!<br><br><br><br>
here is an article..<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/WEATHER/05/04/tornadoes/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2003/WEATHER/05/0...oes/index.html</a>
 

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Thanks guys, work was pretty cool and gave me paid time off, tomorrow I'm going to try and help elderly. I got my son with me, but I think we can at least try and haul away stuff in our truck..if we can get down the street tomorrow, or pick up supplies. Only a few deaths have been reported, but a lot of people have lost their dreams, and sometimes that is like dying.
 

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Been there, done that. No fun.<br><br><br><br>
My place was just missed by a big time tornado back in 1997.<br><br><br><br>
Very little in this world scares me - but tornadoes top the list.<br><br><br><br>
Glad all is well. Now, go and dig a damn basement.
 

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NO kidding. Holy crap, KC- how is Gav? He must have gotten the scare of his life... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I'm glad you guys are alright. But I second Michael- what did you do during the storm? Where did you hide/brace/wait? Did you have any warning that it was going to happen??
 

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yikes, glad you are all all right....i've been there too. mid TN has become the new tornado alley in the past years. we had our roof torn off by one when i was in 5th grade. had to live in a hotel for 4 months. i of course, at that age, thought it was rockin. heh.<br><br><br><br>
we had some crazy ass storms here last night too. and tornados - dont think any touched down where i am, but i have never, ever seen so much f'in lightening in my life - and i've seen some crazy ass storms in the Badlands and other places.<br><br><br><br>
i had a dream i was in the middle of a freakin bombing the sound and lightening was that bad. i dont get scared by stroms but i was freakin terrified last night. glad i wasnt alone cause i couldn't have handled it.<br><br><br><br>
we've got three acres of big old trees and i woke this morning and thank god none were directly hit, but the yard is filled with huge branches.<br><br><br><br>
and the flooding - oh yeaah! the neighbors are stuck and our basement is flooded. we live on a lake with a little waterfall and that thing is pouring out like a madman.<br><br><br><br>
love hate it can't stand it give me more.<br><br><br><br>
that was a kick ass storm. it lasted from 11 pm though, to SIX am???! that's not right. creepy.<br><br><br><br>
anyway, glad you're all right man! and no damage to your house is always a plus too!
 

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Our house is a bit of a unique construction that is really perfect against the threat of tornadoes. It is a brick construction with the front of the house above ground, but the back of the house is built into a hill and is under ground...so essentially the back of the house is a basement. We watched the storms come across Leavinworth county and actually the sirens began ringing approximately 30 minutes before the storm hit. I had the scanner going and watched the National Weather Service and they posted actual warnings in our area approximately 10 minutes before it hit. The advanced warnings in my opinion saved numerous, numerous lives. If this would have happened 20 years ago, I believe fatalities could have easily been in the hundreds based on the sheer destruction.<br><br><br><br>
The large hail began falling approximately 5 minutes before the storm hit. Cyndi and G got under a sturdy table in the back the house away from windows and covered themselves in blankets. I continued to monitor the storm until I saw debris...insulation and other crap swirling in the air and the wind really picking up. Exactly at that point, I believe the tornadoe entered our vicinity and I quickly joined my loved onces under protection. Several eye witness accounts, say they saw the tornadoe pull up out of the trees right at the top of the hill we reside on. Being at the bottom of the hill, I believe saved our butts. The tornadoe as some would say "skipped and danced" for about a half a mile before landing again towards the other side of town.<br><br><br><br>
Gavin is doing great, we just try and talk these things out and always let him know mom and dad are always at his side and will protect him. We went outside and I showed him everything was all right. I watched a lot of the news early this morning, but when he woke up, I turned it off because I don't want these scary images engrained in his thoughts. All and all I think we were very fortunate with advanced warning. I saw a lot of footage of small towns to the south of us, that had little wanring and fatalities were quite common. One little town had 11 people that died. It seems to me, more needs to be done to keep all people informed on tornadoes...not just us folks that reside in big cities.
 

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Wow KC... geez, glad to hear you and your family are okay, not to mention your home.<br><br><br><br>
To echo some others... it might be wise to invest in a basement or some of storm shelter. The investment would be well worth it, especially if it prevented a family tragedy from happening.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: What about local drinking water and stuff like that... was anything affected/contaminated?
 

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I saw that on the news last night, KC. I am very glad for you. Living in Ohio, I am also very scared of tornadoes. Hopefully this will have the benefit of creating some community bonding.
 

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I saw this on the news this morning. I immediately thought of KC. Thank goodness you and your family are o.k. And thank goodness for small miracles and guardian angels <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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