Yeah, We’re Tired of Tornadoes Too!
Let me start off by saying, contrary to what some people think, we don’t get a thrill out of severe weather, in the news or weather department. We’re just as tired of tornadoes, hail storms, flooding and storm damage as you are. And last night’s latest round that swept through the Tulsa metro didn’t help.
Two personal thoughts from last night. I knew thousands of Paul McCartney fans were piling into the BOK Center just as a wall cloud was passing through downtown. My wife and two of my boys were among them. I text my wife just before the downpour and high winds hit, telling her to hunker down. I’m sure she wasn’t the only Beatles fan that started the concert wringing out their soaked clothes. Fortunately, it was nothing worse than that.
About an hour later, it did get worse. And closer to home. A tornado formed in the nearby suburb of Broken Arrow….within a half mile of our house. I knew my youngest son was home alone. I called. And called. And called. Was he buried under rubble? So many thoughts went through my head. I had just gotten back from several days in Moore, where I saw so much destruction. Here’s what it looked like from a distance. Near our neighborhood. This video was sent to us by one of our viewers.
See why that scared me? Finally, he answered. Here’s how our conversation went:
- Tommy: “What?”
- Me: “Are you okay?”
- Tommy: “What are you talking about?”
- Me: “Not to scare you, but there’s a tornado near there.”
- Tommy: “Oh really? Cool. Do you want me to get in the car and chase it?”
- Me: “No, Tommy. Stay right there. Glad you’re okay.”
From there the twister moved east through Broken Arrow. Thankfully, it was nothing like the EF-5 that hit Moore last week. Nothing at all. But still, it was a tornado, causing structural damage, but no injuries. Minor as far as tornadoes go, but it continued to inflict major damage on Oklahomans’ psyche.
Not to scare you, but forecasters warn that large hail and more tornadoes could strafe parts of Oklahoma again today (Friday). Yeah, I hear you. I’m tired of it too.
UPDATE: The National Weather Service says it was probably an EF-2 tornado that hit Broken Arrow, with winds of 125 to 135 mph. It had a path of destruction about six miles long.