February 07, 2008

Mother Nature and my Druthers

I have said it here before over the last four years and I will say it again.

Tornadoes scare the ever living hell out of me.

Hurricanes? We get days warning. Only the pinheads and those who think the government should take care of them don't prepare or evacuate when told.

We get more damage, but fewer deaths. Hurricane deaths are caused by a corollary to Darwin's Theory of the Survival of the Fittest. It goes something like this:

"He who uses a generator in their home, is too stupid to live, and should die."

Those are the deaths we get. Generator deaths.

Tornadoes? There is no stupidity ascertained to Tornado deaths. NONE.

It's frickin' random as hell. One minute you have a house and then next MINUTE you don't.

One minute you live in a neighborhood and literally within seconds, parts of it are leveled, people dead, dogs missing to never be seen again, cars toppled over.

I will take a hurricane any time of the day over a Tornado. Folks, y'all that live in Big T country, some of you will disagree with me.

But I am telling you now I will NEVER back down from my stance.

Holy crap.

Tornadoes are scary as hell. I'druther have a 'cane any day of the week.


Posted by Boudicca at February 7, 2008 09:21 PM | TrackBack

There is still some stuff you shouldn't do if you live in tornado country. You shouldn't live in a damned mobile home. If you can't help yourself, at least make sure it's near a solid structure you can escape to.

Posted by: Peggy U at February 7, 2008 10:16 PM

I'm with you, Bou. Give me hurricanes every day over tornadoes.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at February 7, 2008 10:34 PM

As someone who lives in the middle of Mississippi, tornadoes have always been there for me, just like mosquitoes, hot hot summers, and all the humidity I can stand.

I remember that when I was around 10 years old, my uncle took the family out to see the track of a tornado that had "touched down." We saw a house in which only the floor remained, and on it, sat the living room couch. Everything else, walls, roofing, clothing, and furniture, was in a debris trail leading away from the house, about 1/4 mile in length.

My college room-mate, when in high school, saw a tornado go over his house just after it had demolished a shopping center called "Candlestick park."

My son at age 12 was spending the night with a friend. Around 11 pm. the parents heard the "Sounds like a Freight train running right past your house" roar. The father threw the kids into the bathtub along with his wife, placed a mattress on them and lay on top of that. They were unhurt. Their house was unhurt. A mobile home park across the highway (75 yards away) was destroyed with 4 persons killed.

While awful things happen in tornadoes, driving in a car is statistically more dangerous.

Hurricanes, now THOSE frighten me!

Posted by: Jay Stribling at February 7, 2008 11:18 PM

From a guy who has lived 90% of his life in the freaking EPICENTER of tornado alley, i'll give you the other side.

I'll take the tornado because:

1) you don't have to drive out of state to get away from them...a couple miles usually does it.

2) as noted above trailers are tornado magnets...trailer parks are tornado magnetrons.

3) the weather systems here give you play by play of a tornado's exact size, vector, strength, and most notably exact location, and i mean within a few feet. The weather freaks give you plenty of notice to exit the area. Believe me, i've done it.

4) The largest tornado's on record were a mile to a 1 1/2 mi. wide...a hurricane...well they're a little larger. No storm surge, just hail. No sustained 200 mph wind across hundreds of miles, just a half mile (usually much less) of hell.

Yup...i'm convinced, it's all whatcha grew up with.

Posted by: Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper at February 7, 2008 11:39 PM

Jay - I grew up in Nebraska, and we did tornado drills in school. My husband grew up in California, and there it was earthquake drills. No matter where you are, there's something might get you! However, for having lived most of my childhood in the Midwest I only ever actually saw one tornado (in the distance). We were in one tornado, and Mom herded us all into the basement. It was sort of exciting, but it was over with very quickly. I think your odds of suffering property damage from a tornado are less than those for hurricanes. Besides, hurricanes can spawn tornadoes, so you hurricane people can get a double whammy. The hail, however, is another thing.

Posted by: Peggy U at February 8, 2008 01:22 AM

oooh, touche on the 'canes spawning the twisters! Forgot about that item.

I totally remember those tornado drills! You line up, walk in an orderly fashion single file out into the hallway, face the locker bank, kneel, place head by knees, cover back of head with hands. Of course, as a kid your thinking, "this is all good, we'll be safe here." Never even considering the fact that a long hallway would become a wind tunnel of superconducted air, where things like teachers desks would become something akin to a civil war cannonball.

I've got some cool twister stories maybe i should blog those come "the Season"...good idea that...thanks!

Posted by: Jay- the friendly neighborhood piper at February 8, 2008 09:59 AM

I think its completely what you grew up with. Hurricanes and earthquakes scare me lots and lots! tornadoes? I've been as close as having one go straight down the main drag in town, but get in a basement and you're fine, so they really don't scare me that much. last time we had a tornado through here, sat in the basement playing risk for an hour or so, and fielded calls from my mom who was panicking on my behalf.

Posted by: S at February 8, 2008 02:36 PM

What bothers me about Tornadoes is they can happen when you're sleeping. You're sleeping, its a bit stormy and then BAM, you've become Dorothy.

Hurricanes, you know in advance. And they spawn tornadoes, but not those big giant nasty ones you get in tornado country. Most of us are in hiding by then. During Jeanne and Frances we stayed in our safe room. Wilma happened during the day... we did our normal stuff.

Posted by: Bou at February 8, 2008 03:26 PM

And then there are the tornadoes that happen inside the hurricanes, nasty little buggers they are. I can't stand either of them!

Posted by: Laura at February 9, 2008 04:50 PM