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So I was out with some friends last night in the outdoor smoking area behind Harbour Lights when one of those violent spring storms hit Lawrence. Holy crap, but did it look and feel exactly like one of those hurricane videos we get from Florida et al each year, only without the brave, rain-suit-clad reporter stepping into the winds.

Winds struck suddenly a little after 1:00am, picking up and hurling tree branches, carboard boxes, and everything else not nailed down through the alley behind the bar. Lightning lit up the sky like a thousand strobe-lights, accompanied by a soundtrack fit for a war movie. The wooden fence around the back shook like leaves of grass. Hail machine-gunned the corrugated-steel roof along with monsoon rains that blew sideways, and the roof fluttered as if it were going to blow off. The staff rushed us inside, stating that we were under a tornado threat. On the TV screens inside, the weatherman was pointing out something that he thought was a tornado while saying something I couldn't quite make out over the din of excited drunks and thunder about "over the KU campus."


Click the image to see the Lawrence Journal-World article.

No damage to my house, though lots of little branches are strewn across the yard, and little ponds have appeared where once there was grass. I'm very pleased to have built a sturdy carport, and I would like to think that my recent efforts to remove branches from the power lines out back saved said lines last night.

Weather porn!

Best,
Chris

Comments

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queza7
May. 2nd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
And to think, I slept through it all. Didn't even know there were bad storms till I saw all the tree crap on my car this morning!
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Wow. You must live in a concrete bunker and wear earplugs.
cmt2779
May. 2nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
We've had several of those kinds of storms here in north Texas over the last three or four weeks, including the middle-of-the-night factor. Because I'm up half the night these days, I got to see all the cool storms, but most of the people I talk to the next day missed the whole show.

Suckers, sleeping away the night.
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Silly people, sleeping through these storms.
weaselmom
May. 2nd, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Remind me why I should come visit?

Glad your humble abode is still standing!
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, it hardly ever storms like this. Less than, oh, weekly this time of year *g*
woadwarrior
May. 2nd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the killer spiders!
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, now: I poison the hell out of those. Don't have any, nuh-uh.
weaselmom
May. 2nd, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Are they...toxic spiders?
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Of course not! No spiders anywhere near here. Heck, everything on my block has four or fewer legs.
woadwarrior
May. 2nd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Well if they are anywhere they would be in Kansas.
kijjohnson
May. 2nd, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Wow!
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'd say!
fortyozspartan
May. 2nd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
That storm is about to hit us now...
mckitterick
May. 2nd, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Good luck, and enjoy!
gryphonrose
May. 2nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Glad you came through it unscathed, amigo!
woadwarrior
May. 2nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Man, that is quite a storm! Glad you're ok!
siro_gravity
May. 2nd, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
from one LJ world (this one) to another (LJ World, where the link takes me) --> kinda scary!! but i do love storms...especially when they are at their scariest! i'm glad you came through unscathed. and that your carport is still in one piece.

have a sassy weekend!
s
renegade500
May. 2nd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Holy tornado, Batman! I'm glad you and your house and friends are okay. I was in Ft. Worth last April when a large tornado went by not far from us. A group of us were going to head out for dinner, but it suddenly got pitch black, we heard the horrible wind, and then the tornado alarms went off. We ate (a surprisingly good meal) at the hotel.
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