I pretty nearly jumped out of my chair as the weather alert went off with a “Tornado Warning.”
It was 10:10 AM.
Not until after the sharp
“beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep…”
went off did I hear,
“This is a test tornado warning message.”
“Do not take action based on this message.”
And, that was after I called my wife, who was in her Crystal Lake office today.
She told me she had heard sirens. I hadn’t. I got to the Chicago Tribune’s weather radar screen, but saw nothing like this:
The screen showed no clouds in the whole area.
Then I remembered it was the first Tuesday of the month. That’s when the sirens are tested.
I wonder why a “severe thunderstorm warning” would not have sufficed.
Back in 1965 on Palm Sunday when the tornado swept through Colby’s Subdivision, the Crystal Lake Plaza and the farm where Coventry now is, I was at a friend’s place in Ann Arbor. I didn’t usually watch TV, but when looking at the news that Sunday night, I saw the Crystal Lake Plaza.
“I know that shopping center,” grad student Skinner exclaimed.
When you drive though Colby’s, odds are good that the two-story houses are the ones the tornado struck. They were expanded concurrent with their repair.
And, just in case you want a close-up and almost personal encounter with a tornado, take a look at the YouTube video of the Union Pacific train being blown off the tracks in Capron below.