Tornado Alert

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:

Weather radar when tornado hit Capron on Jan. 7, 2008.

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.

This shot is taken from the YouTube video below of a Union Pacific train being blown off the tracks near the small northwestern McHenry County village of Capron. A disconnected tank car throws sparks as it heads for a collision with what appears to be the engine, which is still on the tracks.

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.


Tornado Alert — 2 Comments

  1. Of course should we experience an attack (say, after Thomson Prison becomes Gitmo North), the target time will be 10:10 a.m. on the 1st Tuesday!

  2. Cal, Capron is not in McHenry Co. It is Boone County. The tornado hit Lawrence and Harvard which are in McHenry County.

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