Sunday, May 4, 2008

I did a huge post on GreensBurg and the computer ate it.

So the long and short of it . . .

At 9:45 p.m. CDT on May 4, 2007[11], Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado. The tornado was estimated to be 1.7 miles (2.7 km) in width and traveled for nearly 22 miles (35 km). Ninety-five percent of the city was confirmed to be destroyed, with the other five percent being severely damaged. The National Weather Service estimated winds of the tornado to reach 205 mph (330 km/h).

Stole it from Wikipedia.

I was in Pratt that Friday, decided to come home to see family. As I left Pratt, I noticed a lot of chasers staging on the East side of Pratt. The National Weather Service issued a high chance of severe/tornadic weather, something they only do a couple times a year, for the Dodge City area.

I came home and at 9:30 turned on the TV.

On doppler radar, a glob came out of the storm and ate Greensburg.

While working in Pratt, I met several people from Greensburg

I was told by one of the locals that a 92 year old man hid out from the storm in his basement. The storm roared overhead and lifted his house, threw his truck into the basement, and it killed him.

What mother nature wants, mother nature gets.

If you have the money in these tight economic times, please donate to the American Red Cross. They had stations in Greensburg and Pratt well over six months after the storms hit. They have already been very active this year too, and the seasons only getting underway.

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