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Ken Salisbury
05-06-2003, 10:50 AM
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I have been experiencing tornado weather since 8:00am this morning. Really scarry since my Grandson and I actually saw a tornado passing within 500 yds of "The Old Rebel Workshop". Luckily it did not actually touchdown, but close. Touchdown occurred about 2 miles down the road to the East. At the time the Nexrad Radar was showing 4 tornados within an 8 mile radius of my house - all at the same time.

Major hail -- golf ball size and 3" of rain in 1 1/2 hours.

There is major flooding all over the city of Huntsville and the surrounding area. The Von Braun Civic Center in the downtown area has more than 3' of water in the underground parking facility. Lots of trees and power lines down everywhere.

I am closely monitoring the TV. Unfortunately we are expected to be under tornado/severe thunderstorm watch for the rest of the day. (as I was typing this the TV Station went off the air).

Lee Schierer
05-06-2003, 10:57 AM
Hey tie everything down and batten the hatches. Better lash that truck of yours down too.

Glad to hear that you are okay so far. Some pretty nasty storms this week. We had severe wind all day yesterday. Took down lots of trees and some power lines. Lots of rain, no hail though.

Dave Avery
05-06-2003, 11:32 AM
Stay low Ken......

Steve Clardy
05-06-2003, 12:32 PM
Tighten up that hatband real tight Ken. Stay cool.

Roger Fitzsimonds
05-06-2003, 12:36 PM
Hi Ken,

Thanks for the early warning. here in N. Georgia we are getting it now. they have seen tornados east of us but none near yet. Think of it as an opertunity to collect wood for turning. :)

Bob Janka
05-06-2003, 1:13 PM
I'm very glad to hear that y'all are all right so far.

Here's hoping that tornaders continue to avoid the Old Rebel and his workshop! (Probably don't dare mess with him :-)


P.S. If you lose the awning in all that wind, will you still have a sign contest?? ;)

David Ripley
05-06-2003, 1:52 PM
Stay safe, and good luck to all of you down there. David

Jay Albrandt
05-06-2003, 2:13 PM
Glad to hear you had zero damage. And people say us Californians are crazy for living in earthquake country???!!! I would be building a very DEEP shelter after that one!

Stay safe


Tom Sweeney
05-06-2003, 2:26 PM
To take that fascia board down ;)

Stay safe ya old rebel you!

Brad Hammond
05-06-2003, 3:49 PM
Same deal here in Rogersville! i had 1-2" of water standing in the shed i call a shop! i guess it really was a good idea to put all my floor tools on concrete slabs.
at least the roof doesn't leak!

Robert Simmons
05-06-2003, 3:52 PM
It's rockin' and rollin' down here in Atlanta right now. The building where I work is shaking from the thunder - doesn't happen often as this place was originally a poured-in-place parking deck from back in the late 30's. Solid. We've had hail and strong winds to go along with it. I just hope I don't collect big wood off my house when (if) I get home tonight.

Keep low.


Halsey MCCombs
05-06-2003, 6:39 PM
Ken do you have the BUD tied down? Hang in there and keep us posted.Halsey

Ken Garlock
05-06-2003, 7:03 PM
Just to be technical, for it to be a tornado the funnel cloud must touch the ground and have a visible dust/debris cloud on the ground. Anything else is just a funnel cloud. Little consolation for the fellow who has one heading his way:(

Every spring the NOAA people put on storm tracking classes for Ham Radio people and other people to crazy enough to be out in bad weather. Check with your local weather bureau for information.

Remember Ken, when you see a tornado coming, duck under a urinal, it is never hit:)

Jim Shaver, Oakville Ont
05-06-2003, 7:07 PM
Hi Ken,

I sure am glad to read it wmissed your place, how did the awning survive?

Take care,

Ken Salisbury
05-06-2003, 7:23 PM
Awning survived fine --- 85 mi/hr winds this morning - awning was on the down wind side of the building.

BTW: are you getting my e-mails ??? I need you to resend end-o=pond pics

Gary Hern
05-06-2003, 7:44 PM
I just checked the weather radar at:


Kind of an ominous looking situation for both of our areas!

Good luck and stay healthy!

Ken Wright
05-06-2003, 8:36 PM
That's scary stuff .... but then in days gone by Huntsville was a tornado alley .... one of my first jobs with Allstate was in '73 when I had to go to Huntsville after they'd had 2 tornadoes in 3 days .... that was a sad sad scene ............

Speaks well for your awning hanging ability ..... 85 mph proof ... but then you usually only work at 100 proof ... right?