Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Personal Crisis: We're not in Kansas anymore Toto!

Sorry, I had to temporarily 'evacuate' out of my office at work yesterday because of the tornadoes and flooding warnings here in Iowa. It was truly bad weather with all the weird lighting conditions that I've associated with active funnel systems in Michigan's tornado alley. Not only did my office partner rush home to be with his family, but my boss called and asked me for a ride home. Seems the poor guy walked to work that morning, sheesh! What bad timing!

Here's a news-report discussing the scale of the damage to the midwest from MSNBC

Iowa town sandbagged
In Independence, sandbags were piled around the town’s historic business district and residents were pumping water out of basements in downtown buildings near the Wapsipinicon River, which last flooded in 1999...

On Monday night, Iowa was drenched by yet another wave of powerful thunderstorms, even as residents of this eastern town of 6,000 people waited for Malone Creek to recede.

Illinois death, flooding
As that wave of storms swept eastward early Tuesday, one person was killed when a mobile home was destroyed at Winchester, Ill., authorities said...

Missouri: Four tornadoes were reported Monday evening in or near Chillicothe, where a hospital said it treated 10 people for minor injuries. Two girls were injured in a mobile home that was picked up by a tornado and dropped onto a car.

New York: A tornado in the eastern part of the state destroyed a camper and barn in a sparsely populated area about 75 miles southeast of Syracuse.

Nebraska: Storms and tornadoes Saturday killed a 73-year-old woman, injured 37 others, destroyed 158 homes and damaged at least 57 others in Lancaster, Saline, Gage and Cass counties. Several more tornadoes were reported Monday southwest of Hallam in Nuckolls and Thayer counties.

Wisconsin: Although their bodies haven't been recovered, two sisters were presumed dead after they fell into the swollen Milwaukee River. Tia Woodley, 6, and Temisha Warren, 12, were sucked under the water Sunday near their home.

The flooding footage on the local news was pretty interesting and my home state of Michigan has been hit pretty hard too all the way from Illinois to Detroit.

So things are starting to get back to normal and the sun came out today. I have work to catch up on but I should have time for one major oil-topic post.

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