Yes Toto we are in Kansas (there really are tornadoes)

Now to some of you who read my blog, this may not be a big deal to you, but… this is about a California kid in Kansas. Growing up in California, I have had fires and earthquakes, but never a tornado. The other night(Sunday) we had our first Tornado Scare. Throughout all of Sunday the weather was acting very strange. It was windy humid and about 80 degrees all through the day. Around 4 o’clock in the afternoon, a Tornado Watch issued. The day continued on like normal.

When it got dark a storm came in and nonstop lightning began to occur. I went outside to take video and pictures and got some pretty neat stuff. Around 9:30 my phone went off like an AMBER alert, except it said Tornado alert. Within two minutes the Resident Assistant’s (RAs) came down the halls banging on our doors saying to get into the building next to us. That would be the Hess Art center because they have a  basement. My roommate and I decided to pack up our laptops and take our time because we had no idea how long this was going to last.

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We were all hearded in like sheep into their pen. The basement was build like a bomb shelter, with amazingly thick concrete wall.  Currently it seems to be multifunctional and is also housing old prop storage. There were loads of clothes, suitcases, random scene items, a piano and a big pile of furniture. A few of the students got comfy on a few couches so we joined in. Believe it or not, we had cell signals so we were all communicating with our parents. From my point of view most parents, of the kids not from Kansas, were a little more worried, such as “Get in cover”, “Be careful”. However my mom was saying , “How exciting” , and ” We loved the picture you sent”. I also received a picture of them eating ice cream and enjoying Mother’s Day festivities. Yeah, that’s just the way my parents are. I was laughing a lot though.

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We were hearing all sorts of information while we were down there such as there were two to three tornadoes near there and that one was between the highway and the school, meaning really close. Most of it was hooey though. The only one that apparently was close, was on the far outskirts of town.

At 10:30 we were all able to leave. The party was over. What a way to finish off the year…with a bang.


About mecklin21

I'm a Southern California kid who ended up in the middle of McPherson Kansas pursuing a degree in Automotive Restoration at McPherson College. I own a 1940 Plymouth Pickup, which I am restoring, and enjoy adventures, writing, & photography.
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