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Posted: 3/9/2006 3:28:32 PM EDT
Just hit about 5,000 feet south of the Flying J truck stop here in Matthews, MO.

I was taking some pictures of lightning when the wind picked up and I headed for the truck.

Holy SHIITE!!!

You couldn't see out the wind shield, and the truck felt like it was in a blender!

I almost didn't pull over to check email. Glad I did!!!
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:30:56 PM EDT
Stay safe.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:31:27 PM EDT
glad your ok
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:31:46 PM EDT
Shouldn't you be runing?
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:33:49 PM EDT


What does the inside of a tornado look like? I've always wanted to know.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:35:12 PM EDT
I have always wanted to witness one of those things. Just watch it from when the funnel first forms and go from there. On the other hand I'm not ready to die yet. But those things are just so eerie and powerful.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:38:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 10mmFan:
I have always wanted to witness one of those things. Just watch it from when the funnel first forms and go from there. On the other hand I'm not ready to die yet. But those things are just so eerie and powerful.



They're pretty cool from the good side.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:40:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By 10mmFan:
I have always wanted to witness one of those things. Just watch it from when the funnel first forms and go from there. On the other hand I'm not ready to die yet. But those things are just so eerie and powerful.



They're pretty cool from the good side.



+1. your ears pop when you are in them, which is not fun.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:42:16 PM EDT
My buddy / neighbor runs lumber down that way. Be cool if I could get him to get Inet in his rig, but still working on getting the bastard a cell phone....
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:57:42 PM EDT
Got chased once by a tornado in the big truck,glad my Indiana trooper boss knew what to order(Freightliner FLD-120,460 Cummins 10spd,topped out about 85 mph or so)this was in IL,needless to say I wasn't doing the speed limit at the time(55)

Always got REAL lucky when it came to twisters,one hit Murphreesboro TN,not more than an hour after I left. Another hit the truckstop(TA)in AL after I left a few hours before. And I showed up in Omaha,at the Sapp Bros truckstop,ol Werner Trucking has the siren right on top of it's headquarters,damned thing was blarring that day,twister hit just northeast of the t-stop.

Nationwide,be safe out there,and remember,hail will do a helluva # on that Century/Columbia's windshield.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:01:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 10mmFan:
I have always wanted to witness one of those things. Just watch it from when the funnel first forms and go from there. On the other hand I'm not ready to die yet. But those things are just so eerie and powerful.



+1

I would like to see one too, but from a long way away.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:07:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2006 4:08:03 PM EDT by Synister1]
Been closer to an F4 then most of ever will.

Did some chasing for awhile. Jeep still has the dents to show for it.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:18:28 PM EDT
Where is Matthews MO? Flying J has alot of T-stops in MO.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:28:50 PM EDT
Hey! Teh intarweb is back!

Well, there's debris all over. A truck at the entrance got rolled into the hood of a Pete. I've got some pics and video, nothing fantastic, let me see what I can get from my cameras.

Oh, and toquote Helen Hunt...

What's it like inside a tornado? "Windy."
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:33:25 PM EDT
Saw an F2 smack our house while looking through the kitchen window. (not my brightest moment). I always wanted to see one up close until just that moment.

I was amazed at how loud and gray that it was up close. It took our 40 foot maple tree and deposited it 2 blocks away but the consolation prize it left behind was a 600 pound corner of our neighbor's roof under our back porch.

I live in a hilly area of PA that NEVER could get a tornado, or that is what they used to say. It was the first one to hit my town in about a hundred years. I always thought that I would see one on a road out west, not in my kitchen.

They are very cool to see, Hopefully just from a little farther away next time.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:38:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:42:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:
www.ncds.us/xscuseless.gif

What does the inside of a tornado look like? I've always wanted to know.


In a word; dark.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:47:02 PM EDT
Tag for pics!!
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:47:07 PM EDT
Does this help?

Taffy

Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:51:25 PM EDT
Here's a couple of pics I took before the storm got here.

I didn't want to get my precious Nikon wet, so I went in the truck and all of a sudden SHTF... I was to busy hanging on and putting on my seat belt to take pics then.

If someone can host a video, I have a little after the main part of the storm.





Link Posted: 3/9/2006 5:39:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 5:40:58 PM EDT
Tornados are some scarry shit. We got a bunch in Miami during the hurricanes. They're what do the MAJOR dammage during a huricane
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 5:49:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
So no pics of an actual tornado?



No. What part of "Couldn't see out the windshield" do you not understand???
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 5:51:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By nationwide:
Here's a couple of pics I took before the storm got here.

I didn't want to get my precious Nikon wet, so I went in the truck and all of a sudden SHTF... I was to busy hanging on and putting on my seat belt to take pics then.

If someone can host a video, I have a little after the main part of the storm.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/nationwide/snapshots/mattews1.jpg

img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/nationwide/snapshots/matthews2.jpg

img.photobucket.com/albums/v603/nationwide/snapshots/matthews3.jpg



Is that green spot on the third pic actually cloud?
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 5:58:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:

Is that green spot on the third pic actually cloud?



I'm sure it's just a smudge on the lens.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 6:00:04 PM EDT
You could have whupped it's ass Nationwide. WTF? You feeling a bit puny today?
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 6:04:22 PM EDT
It is good that you are safe and sound and your rig is still gtg. Looking forward to the video.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 6:38:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By nationwide:

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
So no pics of an actual tornado?



No. What part of "Couldn't see out the windshield" do you not understand???

I can just imagine it,with all the overflowing trashcans/dumpster full of piss bottles/junk flying around![
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 6:42:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 6:53:31 PM EDT
Gee thanks and that front is headed for us here in Pennsyltucky!!!

(EMERGENCY BROADCAST SYSTEM ANNOUNCEMENT TONE GOES OFF)

STANDARD DRILL FOR A TORNADO UPON HEARING THE SIRENS:

1. MOVE SMALL OBJECTS THAT MAY BECOME AIRBORNE INTO ANOTHER ROOM!

2. MOVE ALL LARGER OBJECTS INTO THE FURTHEST PART OF THE ROOM FROM THE OCCUPANTS!

3. PRAY FOR ANY OF THE SINS YOU MAY HAVE COMMITTED!

4. UPON HEARING A HORRENDOUS ROAR AND SEEING THE WALS AND CEILING DISAPEAR BEFORE YOUR EYES, PLACE YOUR HEAD FIRMLY BETWEEN YOUR THIGHS AND KISS YOUR AZZ GOODBYE!!!!

This has been message of the Emergency Broadcast system, if survive this storm contact FEMA immediately for assistance and they will try to get back to you sometime next year. We will now return to our regular broadcast program.

(Emergency broadcast system tone again)
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 6:57:34 PM EDT
Nice pics! I am glad that you are safe.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:04:53 PM EDT
Welcome to Missouri. I am glad you are enjoying your experience.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:19:30 PM EDT
Did you leave JAFO in the bathroom while you fled?
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:21:18 PM EDT
Pics i took today





Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:22:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:28:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
Tornados are some scarry shit. We got a bunch in Miami during the hurricanes. They're what do the MAJOR dammage during a huricane



There were more problems due to the power outages than anything else after Wilma. I would have hated to see a real hurricane hit that place.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:29:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2006 7:31:13 PM EDT by Outsider_10fp]
How can you tell when a truck driver is lying?



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his lips are moving
In this case his fingers are moving

J/K Nationwide, glad Swift didnt land on top of ya, LOL or the driver didnt jump in your truck and land on top of ya!
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:31:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Welcome to Missouri. I am glad you are enjoying your experience.

+1
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 4:03:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:

Originally Posted By nationwide:

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
So no pics of an actual tornado?



No. What part of "Couldn't see out the windshield" do you not understand???



Shit, I would have made damn sure I got the shot.

I'm calling




Damn it all. ILikeUtah is calling BS on moi.

Maybe if I had bought a Canon instead... since they are all waterproof... right???

Hey, since your canon IS waterproof, why don't you go jump in a lake!!!

Link Posted: 3/10/2006 4:58:22 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:19:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:

Originally Posted By nationwide:

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:

Originally Posted By nationwide:

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
So no pics of an actual tornado?



No. What part of "Couldn't see out the windshield" do you not understand???



Shit, I would have made damn sure I got the shot.

I'm calling




Damn it all. ILikeUtah is calling BS on moi.

Maybe if I had bought a Canon instead... since they are all waterproof... right???

Hey, since your canon IS waterproof, why don't you go jump in a lake!!!





A Canon really would have been able to hold up in the storm and you could have had the shot.
Next time buy a Canon.



When I was in NYC this last week, all of the consumer model DSLR's I obseverd were[/ b] Digital Rebel's...
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 5:32:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MattyMattel:
Got chased once by a tornado in the big truck,glad my Indiana trooper boss knew what to order(Freightliner FLD-120,460 Cummins 10spd,topped out about 85 mph or so)this was in IL,needless to say I wasn't doing the speed limit at the time(55)

Always got REAL lucky when it came to twisters,one hit Murphreesboro TN,not more than an hour after I left. Another hit the truckstop(TA)in AL after I left a few hours before. And I showed up in Omaha,at the Sapp Bros truckstop,ol Werner Trucking has the siren right on top of it's headquarters,damned thing was blarring that day,twister hit just northeast of the t-stop.

Nationwide,be safe out there,and remember,hail will do a helluva # on that Century/Columbia's windshield.



Where do you usually drive and when are you usually there? I just want to stay FARRRRRRRR away.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 8:00:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 10:30:33 AM EDT by snarfbatt]
Scary, real Scary.
For those of you who want to know what it is like inside a tornado, well It's loud, real loud. That shit people tell you about a freight train is BS, a frieght train is quiet. It's windy and from all directions at once and small objects are flying and hurt like hell. A leaf from a tree will cut you like a knife. A 200 pound gas grill will fly past you like a fast ball from a major league pitcher.
Then there is the air pressure, you can't clear your ears fast enough thus there is incredible pain.
Laying in a basment sucking on the concrete and you still bounce from the force is not fun. You know you have no power to survive, it comes down to if it 's your day to die you will.
And for those of you who may doubt my words let me say. I am writing the check today to pay for the last of the construction to repair the damage from the F4/F5 (number still being debated) that hit us Nov. 6,2005. 25 people died in my area that night, 500 homes were damaged or lost.
Man to be in a big rig that would be some scary shit

Aftermath Nov.6, 2005

edit to add pic.
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