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A Piece of My Mind by Kelly Rupp, Publisher
Sunday, 05.16.2010, 10:57am (GMT-5)

Minco and Union City dodged the tornadoes yesterday, which is pretty amazing.

The dry line formed right along Highway 81 and the sky darkened. A wall cloud formed just to the east of Minco and Union City was informed that the storm would hit there in eight minutes. Of course, I did what any self-respecting journalist in Oklahoma would do: I jumped in my van, camera in hand, and went looking for the tornadoes.

The hail slowed me down a bit. I think the biggest hail stone to hit my car was golfball sized. Most of them were in the marble-sized range. They all made a lot of noise!

I took Highway 81 to Cemetery Road and pulled over to shoot pictures of the rapidly darkening sky and then headed back to Minco Feed to get better shots. After that I headed north on Highway 81 towards Union City.

I watched as a rope tornado looped its way out of the clouds and hung in a suspended S shape. It was an incredible sight—one that I missed with my camera because I couldn’t get pulled over in time! I’ll work on those skills, but in the meantime, thanks to Kelly Jackson for sending a shot of the same tornado.

As I watched the wall cloud and the lowering tornado, a sudden thought occurred to me. What the heck was I doing? I got caught up in the excitement and things turned out all right—this time. Like many Oklahomans, my typical response to hearing that a tornado is on the way is to go outside and look for it.

I have a perfectly good storm cellar in the back yard, but I’m more likely to be standing on top of it looking for the funnel than seeking shelter underground. Unfortunately, this strategy isn’t really good for survival.

Minco and Union City got lucky—this time. The weather forecast is calling for potentially severe storms all week. I wish Minco had a city-wide storm shelter, but we don’t.

If the sirens sound, make sure to go to your “hidey hole.” If you don’t have a shelter, go to an inside room on the ground floor of your home. Keep a battery-powered weather radio on hand and have a plan for how to contact your family members after the storm.

Stay safe in bad weather!


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