Tornado Alley Open For Business

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Tornado season has roared to life with a massive wave of twisters hitting three states and killing at least four people. A huge storm front swept across most of the nation's midsection today spawning 65 tornadoes so far today alone.

Sixty-five tornadoes were reported late Wednesday in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska, the National Weather Service said. By early Thursday, the storm system stretched from South Dakota to Texas.

Rosemary Rosales, 28, was found critically injured in the tree after the huge tornado destroyed several homes and damaged dozens of others in Holly, a town of 1,000 people about 235 miles southeast of Denver near the Kansas line.

In Oklahoma, a twister killed a couple as it blew their home to pieces. In Texas, a man was found dead in the tangled debris of his trailer.

At least seven other people were hurt when the tornado skipped for a mile-and-a-half through Holly and surrounding areas.

"All they heard was this big ugly noise, and they didn't have no time to run," said Victoria Rosales, the victim's sister. She said the woman and her husband, Gustavo Puga, were in the kitchen and their 3-year-old daughter, Noelia, was sleeping in a front room when the tornado hit.

Puga was holding onto the little girl when rescuers found them, said his brother, Oscar Puga. The two were in fair condition Thursday at a Colorado Springs hospital.

I can tell you that there was one heck of a series of thunderstorms where I live, too. It was hard to see across the street at one point, the rain was so heavy. Life in the Midwest is not for the faint of heart at times. When I lived in Illinois, the locals were all still talking about the series of twisters that had ripped through the area in the late '40s. They said that papers from a destroyed gas station in the Western part of the state had been found in Chicago after the storms. I have no idea if that's true or not, but the storms were a regular topic of conversation whenever tornado season rolled around.

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4 Responses to Tornado Alley Open For Business

  1. Thomas says:

    I grew up in Wisconsin and I distinctly remember spending a large part of my childhood in the corner of the basement under a heavy blanket.

    I remember distinctly that my job in any such emergency was to hold onto the dog and make sure she didn’t run away.

  2. Chris says:

    We had some kids from eastern Washington staying with us for a baseball tournament. They had never seen a Midwestern thunderstorm, and on their second night, we had a good one. I told them we had had tornadoes, too, and they said that was cool.

    Their last night we had a tornado warning. The power went out. We were all huddled in an inside bedroom. They didn’t think that was so cool.

    Every time we have a tornado warning, there is always one reported four miles northwest of town, moving southeast. Someone out in Cooks Mills has one painted on their window . . . .

  3. BlogDog says:

    I inherited my mother’s (she being a native Floridian) love of big weather. We would both go out into a hurricane if we could.
    Give me big, raging thunderstorms, day long snows (in winter of course), fast moving fronts. I love it.

  4. OldeForce says:

    The woman in Holly, CO, died. Her husband and two children survived. From local news tonight [Denver channels], the tornado started about a mile south of Holly and finished up about 12 miles north of the small town. There was no warning siren, and the “train coming” sound that survivors usually speak about came at just about the time the evening train was expected. Meanwhile, we have family in Madil, OK, and are waiting to hear from them. My wife remembers visiting when she was young and evenings spent in the storm cellar.

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