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By don wolkins on Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 11:13 am:
we believe we saw a funnel cloud moving from west to east a few minutes
after 8:00 p.m. last night. We watched it go from right to left as we
looked out our kitchen window on the south side of our home. It wasn't
raining at our home at that time. The radio tower on 96th street sits
about 2:00 o'clock out our window with 12:00 o'clock being straight
south. The funnel went from the west side of the tower moving to the
east fairly rapidly. We could not see the ground because we look over a
ridge from our home; so we can't be sure if the funnel cloud actually
touched the ground. It wasn't long after that when we heard reports
from the weather service reporting a tornado north/northeast of
louisville and cedar creek. The funnel cloud was still visible when we
took cover in our basement.
By John Harrington on Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 03:47 pm:
Dave/Denise Hobbs date Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 2:14 PM
subject Re: Louisville Tornado
I have never posted on here before, but read the two posts about the tornado so had to tell my experience.
son, Matthew, and I experienced the tornado first hand Wednesday
evening. I told the whole story this morning down in the Quik Pik to
Margie and others so maybe you have already heard, so I will shorten it
Matthew and I had made a trip into Louisville and
were on our way back home. We were rounding the bend past Copple's and
it was raining quite heavy.
By the time we got to the top of
the hill - 144th Street the rain had let up. I looked over to the South
past Group's grain bins when I saw what I thought were low hanging rain
clouds, but then realized they that were moving quite fast.
I hit the wind, and saw the swirling in the field. Of course, Matthew
was quite upset .(So was I) I decided to try to speed past it but then
realized I wasn't going to make it to I hit my brakes and almost came
to a complete stop when "it" went right in front of the truck and
caused the truck to rock back and forth.
We saw a definite
rotation go right in front of the truck. The best way to describe it
was like a dust tornado, like you see during ball games, but much, much
larger. Needless to say, scared us both. When my son D.J. got home
later he told us that Petereit's barn roof had been blown off and you
could see along the Cedar Creek spur where the tornado had come across
the road before hitting their barn.
I am thankful God was
watching over us and kept us safe and we are able to tell our story and
I am sure Matthew will remember this trip to Subway for the rest of his
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By don wolkins on Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 04:34 pm:
It was difficult for us to believe we were seeing a tornado. You look
for reasons to "doubt" your eyes. I'm sure it was less difficult for
you especially when your vehicle was rocked. When we first looked out
the window, the funnel cloud was there sticking straight down for the
upper part we could see. The funnel moved very fast and it was still
there when we left for the basement. We stayed in the basement until
9:30 at which time we gingerly slipped out to look over Raven's Nest to
be sure everyone was safe. Our east pond which has been filling for 18
months, raised 18 inches overnight.
Glad you and Mathew are
safe. The experts always say "don't try to outrun a tornado". I always
wondered why. I'm sure Mathew's memory will kick in every time you say:
Mathew.. wanna go to Subway for a bite to eat??? You may yet have fun
with your scary ride home.
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