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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tornado Warnings

Just stopping by to say that I'm about to turn my computer off for the night as we have numerous dangerous thunderstorms in my area and several instances of tornadoes (tornados? I can't ever remember which is right) touching down. So we're shutting down all non-essential items to ride this storm out.

It got me thinking that there doesn't really seem to be anywhere you can live in the U.S. where you don't have to worry about natural disasters - fires, floods, earthquakes, wind storms, hurricanes, tornadoes (tornados?), etc.

What natural disaster do you have to worry about in your neck of the woods?


At 5/30/2009 10:04 PM, Blogger Carolyn V. said...

Oh my! I hope you will be okay during the storms!

We just have earthquake warnings. I keep waiting and worrying about it. But if it comes and destroys our neighborhood...I can get that remodeling done that I've always wanted. So, there's a plus. j/k

I really hope you will get through this without a scratch. =)

At 5/30/2009 10:40 PM, Blogger Stephanie Humphreys said...

We worry about the odd snowstorm, but nothing too serious.

At 5/30/2009 10:56 PM, Blogger Liana Brooks said...

All of the above... except maybe the earthquake. I don't think we have a fault line very close by.

I live at the intersection of Tornado Alley and Hurricane Central. Right next to a big river that likes to blood and far enough north that we get snow and ice. And wild fires are a problem everywhere.

We just make sure to stock water, oil lamps, and food and have learned to live without electricity for a few weeks a year. It's usually not one week straight, but 12 hours here, 14 hours there, and life goes on.

At 5/31/2009 5:18 PM, Blogger Jennie-O said...

Well I grew up in CA and had to worry about earthquakes. Lived through some BIG ones. Lived in the south for 18 months and had the pleasure of having to worry about tornadoes too. Not fun!! Be safe.

At 5/31/2009 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My editor swears I'm a natural disaster so it doesn't matter where I live.

At 5/31/2009 10:49 PM, Blogger L.T. Elliot said...

Come back soon! I hope that you and your family are okay in this thunderstorms!

At 6/01/2009 1:27 AM, Blogger Kelsi Rose said...

I live by faults, but none of them have moved for a while. I also live close to a river, but it hasn't flooded enough to get remotely close to my house since before I was born. I suppose fire is another natural disaster that I should worry about, but I think I would be in more danger of smoke instead of flame, unless the fields caught on fire. Since I live between two cotton fields, I think the biggest worry is a bug infestation.

At 6/01/2009 1:51 PM, Blogger Lucy Eliza said...

I hope everything went okay for you.

Actually, in Boise, we don't have to worry about much. The area is too mountainous for tornadoes. We're too far inland to worry about tropical storms. Our elevation isn't too high, so bad snow storms are rare. And there aren't many major fault lines in the area.

We do get pretty bad forest fires but they're farther up in the mountains and we only have to worry about poor air quality and the safety of our firemen. We do have a huge dam not far up the mountains that has been predicted to be able to flood 1/3 of Boise if it broke. And if the super volcano in Yellowstone blows up, we'd be in trouble. But beyond that, there isn't much to worry about.

I think there was a newspaper article a while back actually saying that, natural disaster-wise, Boise is the second safest place to live in the US.

At 6/03/2009 3:18 AM, Blogger Marsha Ward said...

Wild fires, definitely wild fires, since I live in a forest in a state that have been undergoing a drought for the past decade.

A couple of years ago the nearest fire came within a mile and a half of my home before the fire fighters put it down. I evacuated because of the smoke, as I was having a bad eye problem that year.

In April, a fire break program finally got underway. It's not finished, but should reduce the danger to my hamlet somewhat.


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