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Old 11-17-2013, 04:47 PM
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Storm near miss

We had a storm system move through about an hour and a half ago here. It was so bad I actually went to the basement for the first time. Power went off twice or so but came right back on.

No damage here at the house but at my building downtown I got a call from a tenant saying a pipe had burst. I went down and found a lot of water dripping in. I determined something was happening on the roof. I went up there and found the main roof drain clogged with misc debris. I waded out to it and started pulling junk off it and it began sucking like crazy. Its an 8" pipe feeding a ten inch roof drain and 8" of water can cause a serious head pressure.

Considering that I have quite a few skylights and such this was about the best thing it could have been.

It cooled off after the storm went through and now is sunny and pretty breezy.

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Old 11-17-2013, 05:39 PM
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I was closely watching radar. Some pretty strong straight-line winds. No doubt several small tornados, at least. Lake Michigan built up some pretty big waves too.

I am sure it will take a while to tally all the damage through the area. And the system is far from spent.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:36 PM
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Many of the new homes built in Oklahoma are built with safe rooms that can withstand 250 mph wind. These are above ground structures that also serve as a storage area when not being used for shelter.

The advantage of an above ground room is that it is rare that a tree will fall on it and block the door, and all to common danger of underground shelters.

An above ground room will also not fill with water. Some area of Oklahoma have a water table of less than ten feet so it is necessary to keep a sump pump running at all times in the storm cellar.

Just something to consider when buying or remodeling a home.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:10 PM
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Shipping container and a bulldozer should get you something pretty strong.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:13 PM
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my concern with something above ground would be 250mph winds sending a telephone pole through the structure
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:15 PM
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We got some winds in cincinnati, more than a few without power, but not bad from what I can tell.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:38 AM
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Glad to hear you guys made it through ok! And our thoughts are with those that didn't fare as well.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:38 AM
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:59 AM
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I was in Kokomo, IN yesterday. I was at the north end of Kokomo while a tornado went through the south end. When I left to head back home I had to change up my route a little as many roads were closed due to down trees. There was stuff strewn everywhere east of Kokomo. The drive home going north on I69 was a b*itch. I had my K1500 Silverado which has a high top cap on it. The cross winds were very strong which made keeping in on the road a challenge.
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Old 11-18-2013, 09:48 AM
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I am told a funnel cloud was spotted near my home, but thankfully it missed us. Several buildings were heavily damaged near here.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:27 AM
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My #2 lovely daughter came by just now with her oldest child. Her school was damaged enough that it is closed until repairs are made. I know from pictures in the paper that part of the roof and some walls were blown off. I imagine by tomorrow they'll know more about how long it will take to repair.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:08 AM
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My parents live in Springfield, so I checked up on them. Was told they got high winds for an hour or so then sunshine.

Googled the damaged areas and they were about 75 miles north of the chaos. My prayers go out to all of those folks who went through that!
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:23 AM
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My #2 lovely daughter came by just now with her oldest child. Her school was damaged enough that it is closed until repairs are made. I know from pictures in the paper that part of the roof and some walls were blown off. I imagine by tomorrow they'll know more about how long it will take to repair.
Where was this school?
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:44 AM
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Glad you weathered it okay...so many people didn't. Mother nature can be a real...well, rhymes with "witch."

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire region...and to the Philippines, too, what a horrific storm that was.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:08 PM
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Where was this school?
In the county south of Lafayette. Mintone I believe its called.

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