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Severe Weather

Posted Saturday, July 3, 2010, at 2:30 PM

Have you ever been caught in the wrong place during a severe weather condition where you were extremely concerned about your safety?

I've been in some places where I was very concerned while covering news for the T-G.

A tornado outbreak was the incident that proved to be the worst for me. Objects flying scross the road and trees snapping and falling on the road got my attention very quickly.


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I remember when the tornado struck Normandy in the mid-1990s. I was there covering the damage when the National Weather Service issued a second tornado warning for one supposedly heading straight for Normandy. So I headed back for Shelbyville and high winds began gusting as I reached the top of Rippy Ridge on Normandy Road. There's no feeling like wondering if you're going to get blown off a steep hill. Turns out no second tornado occurred.

-- Posted by David Melson on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 2:53 PM

In 1997,me and another person were sitting at our city cemetery watching for severe storms, when we observed a squall line coming right at us. It picked up my pickup truck and deposited us 20 rows deep into a corn field,about 75 yards from where we originally were. I was scared after we got back to where we were supposed be, we could of been killed!

-- Posted by bojo1944 on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 4:19 PM

I was in the lobby of the (then First National Bank) when the tornado hit the square and took the roof off the courthouse and wrapped it around a tree...late '80's I think.

-- Posted by quietmike on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 5:58 PM

There is nothing like a storm when you know everyone is safe. The meaner the better, but like I said when everyone is safe. I would have made a good storm chaser, I lack the common sense to give them the respect and fear that many deserve. I'm the one out on the porch mesmerized when the basement is calling.

I remember once being stopped under an over pass because I could not see to drive, I was laughing at my friend who was terrified telling her "it's just a storm", when she saw the news that night she didn't waste anytime calling and really chewing me out, it seems that a tornado had passed over very near to where we were holed up. OOPS.

-- Posted by KaiteJones on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 6:16 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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