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Old 08-09-2003, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default OT: my first tornado experience

I went on a business trip on Thursday to Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The clouds were getting darker and darker by the minute the closer I got to my hotel, the Hampton Inn in PBG.

Anyway, within 1 mile of the hotel, rain cascaded down like a waterfall and then stopped just as I was pulled into the hotel parking lot. I got out of the car and ran to the hotel for fear of getting drenched if the rain decided to pour again.

Within 30 seconds of walking through into the hotel lobby, an almighty bang let off and the doors at the front and rear of the hotel blew open. Did I mention they have sliding doors at the hotel?!

It turns out a tornado touched down about a mile away. My work colleague and I went out driving an hour later to find a place to eat and saw 2 18-wheelers on their sides. The thing is, they had been picked up off of I-95 and placed on a side street some 50 yards away. There was plenty of damage to roofs on buildings; a Pepsi-Co bottling plant lost most of its roof.

Definately a first for me.

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Old 08-09-2003, 10:40 AM   #2
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Fun stuff eh?

Used to live in Wisconsin, Tornados were a monthly thing.

Never had one touch down near by me.. but always had warnings and watches.. and I've seen a few wall clouds.
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Old 08-09-2003, 11:02 AM   #3
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I've always said, that if I am to experience a tornado, I'd rather be working....

amazing the power though

speed safely

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Old 08-09-2003, 11:19 AM   #4
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I've been through a couple when I used to live in Illinois. They happened just as you described. Nice clear skies to black in a matter of minutes. Then generally heavy rains and possibly hail. And of course the insane winds. Definately some scary weather.
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Old 08-09-2003, 03:18 PM   #5
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I was stopped in my car when a tornado was near me. I was parked (at restaurant parking lot) about to leave when the rain intensity went from mild rain to torrential downpour. I couldn't see 1 in beyond the windshield. Then the rain started coming at the windshield sideways (comming straight at the windshield) while I was still stopped. Then I started to hear a roar...like a airplane was taking off that got louder and louder. Then the ground started shaking and my car was shaking around and felt was about to move/lift off and the noise level reached the peak. Then fairly quickly, noise and rain subsided and it stopped raining. I didn't see any damage, so couldn't tell if it actually touched down. It was in CT near bradley airport, so had to be a fairly small 'nado. The whole experience was only about 5 minutes or less... I was scared ****less during the whole thing.
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