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March 12, 2023 12:17PM
1979 I watched the F4 tornado that WIPED OUT Wichita Falls.. 49 dead.. worst tornado in US history, at the time.. I had gotten off at 6pm from the newspaper.. t the paper we were tracking tornados all day and could see them dipping in and out of the clouds while on the roof..

As I was driving home, the sirens went off.. It was weird cuz I looked at the clouds and the clouds looked like water ripples when you throw a rock in the lake - ripples that worked outwardly in a larger circle.. Of course, everyone was in the streets.. I got home and went out on the porch and this guy comes running up yelling, "its coming! Its coming!".. and ran off.. I look and can see it churning up debris, but it looked REALLY close - like maybe 6-7 blocks away, when it reality, it was 1.5 miles away... it was formed by THREE tornados that combined into one MASSIVE tornado... I just watched it and then ran inside to make a call, but the phones and electricity were dead.. the tornado have severed power lines bringin gpower into the city.. we were without power for 3 days..

So, I run to Brook street, which was 4 houses away and the major street to both hospitals that were only 4-5 blocks away.. I held onto a Stop sign as this MASSIVE aftershock hit me and almost knocked me down.. Within a minute or two, one truckload after another full of bloody people came down Brook street going toward the hospital.. I lost count after while - probably thousands injured.. That night I made my way to a friend's house and we drove to the areas tht were hit..

Total devastation.. entire residential areas flat - nothing left.. We drove to the mall and walked around inside.. there was an amazing amount of broken glass and blood all over the mall with cars upside down int he parking lot.. it looked surreal, like in a movie..

I could go on.. I had a press pass and went through the devastated areas a lot.. that was in 1979 and we still have foundations where people didn't rebuild..

Other than that I have seen a few small funnels drop out of the clouds off in the distance.. But I saw the killer tornado that was a half mile wide at the base completely obliterate our town.. I have TONS of photos in boxes..

The three tornados that combined into one..


Famous tornado shot..


Typical residential neighborhood here..




Friendship is like peeing your pants.. Everybody can see it, but only you can feel the warmth..


SubjectAuthorViewsPosted

  WOW, we're in a tornado alert...

JamesJM202March 11, 2023 02:15PM

  If this winter is any indication

IowaRam106March 11, 2023 03:13PM

  Its tornado warnings you hafta worry about..

sstrams73March 11, 2023 06:07PM

  When I say I've never seen this before...

JamesJM77March 12, 2023 08:18AM

  Re: When I say I've never seen this before...

MamaRAMa58March 12, 2023 08:36AM

  Its tough to find actual photos of a wall cloud.. Attachments

sstrams100March 12, 2023 08:43AM

  Shelf and Wall clouds

IowaRam75March 12, 2023 09:19AM

  Watches and Warnings

IowaRam58March 12, 2023 09:04AM

  The one I got....

JamesJM73March 12, 2023 09:26AM

  Yeah, the lower you can get, the better..

sstrams61March 12, 2023 09:48AM

  Thats why I like having a full basement

IowaRam58March 12, 2023 10:00AM

  Wished we had one..

sstrams73March 12, 2023 10:05AM

  One funny story

IowaRam79March 12, 2023 10:22AM

  That's the way it is everywhere..

sstrams59March 12, 2023 10:51AM

  We don't have any sirens....

JamesJM63March 12, 2023 11:01AM

  The sirens are cool....

sstrams68March 12, 2023 11:22AM

  Just a few years ago....

JamesJM60March 12, 2023 11:39AM

  We have sirens arranged around the town..

sstrams61March 12, 2023 11:50AM

  Yea , ours is about the same

IowaRam54March 12, 2023 11:56AM

  I've only been surprised by it a few times..

sstrams65March 12, 2023 12:01PM

  Have you ever seen one

IowaRam51March 12, 2023 11:51AM

  We were hit with one just a few years ago.....

JamesJM61March 12, 2023 12:15PM

  Oh yes.. Attachments

sstrams63March 12, 2023 12:17PM

  Re: Thats why I like having a full basement

MamaRAMa57March 12, 2023 11:33AM

  I'd do anything for a basement..

sstrams55March 12, 2023 11:50AM

  Yea , pretty much the same as ours

IowaRam68March 12, 2023 12:04PM

  OMG basements

ferragamo7955March 12, 2023 12:08PM

  Craziest Tornado vid I've ever seen

SeattleRam56March 12, 2023 09:49AM

  grew up in Kansas City moved to Lubbock TX

ferragamo7956March 12, 2023 12:02PM

  Yeah thunder like that is nearly a daily occurrence here..

sstrams64March 12, 2023 12:19PM

  Thunder... maybe you can answer this...

JamesJM67March 12, 2023 01:01PM

  Man, I wished I knew..

sstrams63March 12, 2023 01:03PM

  It was probably just thunder

IowaRam59March 12, 2023 01:56PM

  Good grief we're getting another one....

JamesJM52March 12, 2023 01:14PM

  Mobile homes are death traps....

sstrams78March 12, 2023 01:33PM

  We can see the storm passing to the north of us....

JamesJM71March 12, 2023 02:14PM

  So when you say.....

sstrams60March 12, 2023 02:39PM

  Straight line distance.....

JamesJM55March 12, 2023 02:42PM

  Ah.. kind of what I was thinking..

sstrams61March 12, 2023 02:46PM