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born in Illinois. 5 year Navy veteran. Married for 26 years (not counting the first five when we just cohabited. 4 kids, 6 grandkids, 3 brothers 2 living, 2 sisters 1 living, a mother living, a father not living. 1 dog a labradoodle, and a current cat population of 2/6 (If you count feral kittens ) I've done a lot of jobs in my life, from shill at a carnival burlesque show to making medium caliber ammunition. I built inkjet printers, embedded computer boards, restored and repaired both cars, motorcycles and electronics. I read, write, and do arithmetic (albeit poorly) My wife claims that I have more useless knowledge than anyone on earth and resultingly no one will play trivial pursuit with me anymore. I do play pinohcle but due to my inability to cheat I don't win very often. Recently disabled I turned to Open Salon to re-engage my writing bug. Update add one cocker spaniel to the list and maybe just shoot me.


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FEBRUARY 29, 2012 10:25AM

A Busy Night in Harrisburg IL UPDATE

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I was awakened this morning at about three thirty a.m. by the screech of a tornado warning.  Always nice to have a memorable event on Leap Day*.  We were expecting a round of thunderstorms but the NWS showed only a slight risk of severe weather so unlike most storms I figured it was at least safe to take off my shoes.  When I turned on the local weather I was a little unsure if it had been wise.

A line of super cell thunderstorms developed and spawned several tornadoes that damaged homes and businesses from southeast Missouri to Indiana.  I live in Jackson County and we were advised to take shelter after a weather spotter confirmed a tornado on the ground.  I watched and saw that despite our warning the storm was going to pass several miles south of us so I didn't rouse the rest and spent most of the pre dawn watching the storms move through the region.

You may recall that we weren't so lucky as my home was in the heart of what was called an "Inland Hurricane" with heavy downpours of rain coupled with straight line winds of over one hundred miles per hour.  This time the storms tracked over several small and medium sized communities  in Southern Illinois.  

At this point the town of Harrisburg was hardest hit with three already confirmed deaths and a large part of its business district smashed to bits.  There are currently about thirteen thousand homes without power and some areas are still impossible to reach due to trees and debris.

We here are all fine, nothing more than a downed limb or three.  Still the shock is visible on the faces of the people who bore the brunt of this disastrous weather.  I hope this isn't a preview of the coming Spring. 


UPDATE:  As of 11 a.m. central time the dead now number 5 and the injured over one hundred.  A number of people are still missing. 

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Weather systems are playing tricks all over the world, Bobbot. I hope there won't be any more damage. Hope you can keep us posted, and please stay safe.
Even though it's scary sometimes, you can't beat the "diversity" of the Midwest's weather. Glad everything's OK in your corner of it.
I have friends that were in Branson.. no word on them yet..
Happy you are okay
When I was a kid, I used to assemble a shelter area in the basement when there was a watch. I secretly hoped for a tornado because it sounded exciting!
Thank goodness it spared your town and your family. So sorry for the losses of so many others though.
So February is ending like a lion instead of March coming in like one, due to Leap Year. I'm glad you're ok. Hoping the rest of the year is lamb-like for you.
Tornadoes can be so devastating for small towns and seem all too frequent these days, although it may be just more news coverage. The warnings seem to come so often that it's often hard to know what to do. I'm glad you were keeping a close watch and are all safe.