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I head for the basement

June 19, 2009 - Chuck Hunt
Call me a chicken. When the tornado siren sounds, I head for the good old basement. Then I turn on the TV and check out the storm from there. Our poll question this week asks you what it is that you do when the tornado siren sounds. It went off in Blue Earth on Wednesday evening. I was outside in the yard having just finished mowing. It was certainly hot and humid that night, but the sun was shining. My neighbor first told me we were in a tornado warning. Not a watch, but a warning. I could hardly believe it. The sun is shining, and I don't detect a cloud in the sky. Then I took a closer look. There were dark clouds to the west, and I could see some thunder-boomer clouds high in the sky far off to the east as well. It was only a few minutes later that the tornado siren sounded. Now I did not do a full-blown panic run to the basement. I put some things away into the garage and basically mosied on in to my house and took time to grab a beer before heading to the 'saftety' of the basement. I had to check the television to see where this storm was, and why this siren was going off. There was indeed a storm system headed from the southwest with Blue Earth right in its track. Luckily we didn't get much here other than some rain. Folks in the eastern half of Faribault County were not nearly so lucky, as hail wiped out some crops there. We have a photo in this week's Register, and it is not very pretty. I have heard some stories about the siren this week, and the response to it. Some ran from the ballfields. A few stood outside and scanned the sky. Some went out in their pickup trucks to see if they could spot a tornado. Some never heard the thing go off and went on with life as usual. And some, like me, went to the basement. What did you do?


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