Well tuesday nite we had some big storms coming through OK, not a big deal really as most of us are more than used to it. OF course after seeing all of the damage tornados have done in Kansas everyone was paying a little more attention.
early in the evening there were a few false alarms and most of the storm seemed to die off. Just before midnite I was gettin tired of stayin up to make sure everything was okay so I decided to hit the sack. I checked the local news station just out of curiosity and the first thing I heard was "Tornado on the ground in El Reno"!!!!
Needless to say my attention was grabbed. After about a minute of listening to the news man i heard our towns tornado sirens sound off, this means get your skinny but somewhere safe cause some badness is gonna happen!! SO like any true red neck I run out to the front yard to try and see the twister. Now right here I wanna say that ya, i am a idiot but more importantly this is perfectly common in OK, trust me i wasnt the only genius outside in the pouring rain and 80mph wind trying to see a tornado at midnight.
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I couldnt see anything at first but there was a amazing low rumble just to the east. All of a sudden there were power transformers exploding in a line from the south to the north and you could follow the twister by the sound and the flashes. within about 2 min it was over and the rain pretty much stopped. A half hour later I was calmed enough to go to bed and that was it.
The next morning the damage was impressive to say the least. Around 15 big building had most all of the roofs ripped off and pretty massive exterior damage. The first tornado did the most damage but there may have been a second tornado even closer to my house. The road S CHOCTAW AVE runs north and south and was covered in up rooted trees as large as 2-3 feet in diameter.
All in all it was pretty exciting and it gave me a good reason to play around with google earth for a while. Here is the pic
take it easy