Posts Tagged ‘ Storms ’

Tornado. 竜巻 / トルネード

This site is almost 3 years old.  This is the  very first non-Japan (China, India) -related piece I’ve posted here.  Just thought I’d share.  Here’s the thing — yesterday afternoon a tornado tore through the family property down in South Alabama (just south of Slocomb, Geneva County), missing the home where my mom lives by mere feet.  These are a few photos — taken by my sister about 17 hours ago — of part of the scene.

Yellow pine tree uprooted by tornado. 1 March '12.

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Close call. Slocomb tornado. 1 March '12.

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On the family property, trees uprooted, snapped, by tornado. 1 March '12.

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On the phone, my 85 year old mom said she “could hear the [tornado’s] roar, but wasn’t about to go outside to investigate.”  That Scots-Anglo pragmatism.

More photos, taken 3 days later.  I came down to South Alabama to visit my mom and see this first hand.

Same tree as the one in the top two pics. Three days later.

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Same trees as those in the third photo above. Three days later.

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One of the several back yard trees that (fortunately) fell away from the house. My dog, Chloe, helps provide some scale to the tree's size.

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Another near-miss in the front yard.

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Neighbors' trampoline up in neighbors' trees. It wasn't there before the tornado.

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More heavy weather is predicted for the U.S. Midwest and South, extending into Alabama, today (posted 2 March 2012):

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UPDATE:  In the 24 hours following this “hit” on at my mom’s home in South Alabama more storms swept across the U.S. Midwest and South, destroying neighborhoods, wrecking towns and killing more than 30 people.

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