Friday, June 06, 2008

Driving on the Wild Side



Storm chasers, spotters, crazy--call us any of these names. We are certified in all 3 after yesterday.

Yesterday we were driving back from Fargo, and at the border of Nebraska/Iowa, hit a huge mass of severe thunderstorm cells. We had the radio tuned into the weather reports, which started to freak us out after a while. Then the driving got really bad. There was so much lightning, and rain, and then the wind picked up. We decided to pull off the road, so we drove into a McDonalds in Rock Port, Missouri (the middle of nowhere). Just as we parked, we heard the sirens go off, and ran into McDonalds as fast as we could because of the rain. We came in soaked. There were about 50 other people there who had the same idea as us. The staff was giving out free coffee, hot chocolate, and juice for the little kids and had the weather radio on. They were asking for flashlights (we happened to have one in our car--Steve ran back out in the pouring rain for it) and had everyone crowd in the bathrooms. About five minutes we hear on the radio that a tornado touched down in Fairfax, Mo--less than 20 miles south of us. It was crazy, everyone was on their cell phones, people with laptops were trying to get the weather radar up, water was pouring into McDonalds. Fun stuff.

When we thought it was safe to drive again, we didn't get much farther. We heard the warnings again on the radio (this time it was pitch black dark so you can't see anything). We stopped at a gas station just north outside of St. Joseph, Mo, and once again it was filled with people. Then on the radio, we heard that a tornado had touched down at Country Club road--4 miles west of us. Yikes!

Well, driving on pins and needles, we finally made it back to Lawrence safe and sound. I usually love big storms, but this time I just kept praying we'd make it home alive!

For more on the story click here. That semi turned over--we saw it and two others between Fairfax and St. Joseph.

11 Comments:

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Debbi said...

I am glad you arrived home safe. Did you find housing?

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger Michelle S said...

freaky!! what a wild ride home - glad you got back there safely! were you there house-hunting?

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Sarah S said...

Oh my goodness Becks!! I got the chills reading your story. That sounds a little too close to be very exciting... I'm glad you made it home okay! The Midwest has definitely had some crazy weather lately.

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Anne Marie said...

That is soooo scary!!! So glad you're okay. I would have been so freaked out.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger andrewsrock said...

wow sarah!! that sounds wild and crazy!! You know what's funny? My aunt lives in Rockport and my Grandma lives in Fairfax and my other Aunt lives in St. Joe.....If I would of known, you could of gone to their houses!! I heard about your exciting news!!! I want to know more!!!!

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

Glad you were safe!

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Ok this is so weird, you were busy commenting on my blog while I was busy commenting on yours!

I have to say I am glad to hear you are back but WHOA are you guys cool or what! I'm sure it didn't feel like it. I can't say the weather has been any better here but we don't have a death-defying experience to tell.

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, I would have been so freaked out... I am a total whimp when it comes to that stuff, but then, you already know that. I am glad you arrived alive!!!

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger Winters Family said...

Holy cow! I'm glad you guys are safe.

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Allie said...

I am so glad you are safe. Tornados are no fun. No fun at all.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Rachel Corbett said...

Wow! Craziness! I have to say I was laughing at the image in my head of all those people crammed into the McDonalds bathrooms! Did you all have to split up boy/girl?!

 

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