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Bizzarrer Week Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak

CarlSpackler

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I thought last week was bizarre, but let me tell you about this week. I'm sure that many of you have heard about the tornado outbreak last Monday on Memorial Day. We now have 12 confirmed tornadoes in the Miami Valley. One was a strong EF-3 that did major damage. With all of this, there was only 1 fatality when a flying car crashed into a house killing an 81 year man who was sleeping. The most destructive of these was on a track to my neighborhood, but turned south a little about 5 miles west of us. We were hunkered down in our laundry room and heard a the freight train sound as it passed several miles to the south of us. We came out of our safe area and started watching the news again only to find another EF-2 heading straight for us. This one did not turn, but fortunately it stopped just short of our neighborhood about a quarter of a mile from our house. I have never heard hail pound our house like that. Fortunately, it only left a small ding on the top of my car and a few on my kids cars. 

I drove through the war zone like area to make sure that everything was OK at work since we had 3rd shift people there. Our servers shut down nicely, but our firewall was throwing hard drive errors and needed to be replaced. Our Internet connections are down and look to be for a few more days as they repair massive damage to power poles. Where the tornado crossed the road less than a mile north of work, they were using snow plows to clear debris. Guard rails were twisted up like flimsy metal,. Trees and buildings were leveled. My former employer who is just up the road sustained no damage even though their neighbors buildings are almost rubble. Heavy equipment was upside down. Work is still without power and likely will be for a few more days. We rented a large generator trailer and are able to process parts for our customers, but our IT infrastructure is struggling as am I with lack of sleep. 

In the midst of all this, I thought my home course, Kittyhawk, would be in horrible shape, but the larger tornado missed it by a half mile to the south while the other missed it by a quarter mile or so to the north. Other than having no power or water, they were open for business Tuesday evening, so I went out for golf league. You can see the [rotten] fruit of that effort on my Game Golf. The greens were exceptionally slow given the lack of maintenance, but that is quite understandable. The president of our golf league says that he is not going to count the round because of the conditions. I'm calling BS since the course was open with no pending weather that day. We have played in monsoon rain before because the course was open. The other leagues were playing and there was one other person from our league there as well. That is 2 out of the six of us. Thoughts on this?

This Memorial Day will be quite memorable, but unfortunately not what it is supposed to be memorable for.



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Yeah, I was in my hotel room for the Memorial and the alarm (the really loud one for Amber Alerts and other emergency situations) sounded three times on my phone. The last of them was at midnight.

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I had to do damage assessment on one of our power lines in the Delaware area. The storm took down 3 wood poles. Our software said that the poles would fail at around 100 mph wind speeds. That does include safety factors, load factors, but also the software assumes brand new poles. These poles were probably over 50 years old. 50 years of wear and tear probably ate into the safety factors.

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Its the curse of Chief Leatherlips. After Jack built the driving range on his grave, he was told his tournament would be cursed with 30 years of bad weather.

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On 5/31/2019 at 8:10 AM, saevel25 said:

I had to do damage assessment on one of our power lines in the Delaware area. The storm took down 3 wood poles. Our software said that the poles would fail at around 100 mph wind speeds. That does include safety factors, load factors, but also the software assumes brand new poles. These poles were probably over 50 years old. 50 years of wear and tear probably ate into the safety factors.

The damage down here in old north Dayton is crazy. It was determined to be an EF-4 that seriously damaged some sturdy buildings. Quite a few traffic lights are still out, and it's too bad that nobody in this town seems to know how a 4-Way Stop is supposed to work.

On 5/30/2019 at 8:53 PM, iacas said:

Yeah, I was in my hotel room for the Memorial and the alarm (the really loud one for Amber Alerts and other emergency situations) sounded three times on my phone. The last of them was at midnight.

This was definitely no joke. In all the years that I lived here, I've never experienced anything like this. It was much more intense than hurricane Irma that passed 25-30 miles west of me in FL as a Cat 3.

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