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Sounding Off -- Okay Here

There was some pretty scary stuff, with window glass bowing in and out, trees coming down, that kind of thing. There are reports that a tornado did touch down in Falls Church (something like 5-10 miles east of where we were), and we saw three largish trees completely decimated — one in the parking lot at work, one a block over from our house. So yeah, it was a heck of a storm. One person was killed when a tree fell on the car they were riding in.

However, other than the lingering and inevitable traffic snarl, it passed very quickly. The storm was moving at something like 50 MPH and lasted something like 45 minutes from start to finish from our POV at work.

This was followed up by dinner with the family, and I'm not sure which was scarier. ¬.¬

-The Gneech

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indigoangelcat
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
It has been a horrible year for tornadoes. They said the number of death is twice the yearly average already, and it is only the beginning of the season really :( I think there is one more system going through tonight, and a little bit more tomorrow, then 90s and HUMIDITY for the next 5 days or so. I am drinking the air as I type this now -.-
calicougar
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I think that system sideswiped us, it was spectacular. I was working in the garden and called Brian out to come and look. It got super windy and BLACK skies really fast, it was like someone put a curtain over the sun. But yeah it was gone in an hour, whooosh!
sirfox
Jun. 5th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Groovy here, house is fine. Work was fun, but i had a good view. Power died, and fire alarm system glitched. That was around 3:45ish. Folks just went home. I had my class nearby.

That was a fun combo. As safety officers, craig and myself chased everybody out into the lobby, where we waited to dive into the bathrooms should we hear a freight train approaching. Another wave hit here around 730~8, i went home from class around 9, about half the traffic lights were out.

Home safe. bedtiems. *fallover*
hantamouse
Jun. 5th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
No casualties or visible damage around here, but the power did funky things all afternoon.
We may have lost the upstairs air conditioner, and I just found the hot water heater breaker tripped.
paradisacorbasi
Jun. 5th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're safe. Tornado type weather is very scary, yes.
kylet
Jun. 5th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, you poor thing! That must be so traumatizing, and I can relate. Don't worry, you won't need to have dinner with the family again for awhile ;-) ::Hugs::
the_gneech
Jun. 5th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think your family is slightly scarier than mine. ;) But it was a tough contest!

-TG
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