April 22, 2012
Tornado Hits in Kansas
You would think that with all the relatives that I have that are in the general vicinity of Boeing, that I would get word that Boeing and it's off-shoot Spirit got a bit of excitement from the recent tornado activity in Kansas. But no, I have to get the word from someone else.
I would post pics, but I'm not sure I'm allowed, so let's just say that from what I see, it was a good thing that Boeing and McConnel aFB sent some of it's planes to Grand Forks, North Dakota before the weather hit (that was all over the news a couple of days ago and I can't fine any mention on on Google for a link - what is up with that?). Okay, finally found mention of it, then another, on of all places, McConnells website.
In the pictures I see a 3 ton water tanker truck flipped on its side, as is a railroad car (a box car, not a flat-bed). Building siding, bay doors and roofs have been peeled up and, in some cases, torn completely off of buildings. The corner of one build looks pretty mangled, as do portions of other buildings. One picture was pretty strange and I can't really tell what it is unless it is the ferris wheel from an entertainment park a couple miles away (at first I thought it might be part of a turbine, but I don't think so).
This news report says that Spirit took a direct hit (it has a couple of pictures. Spirit has put some pictures out on Flickr. Boeing and McConnell Air Force Base also got hit (so it's a good thing they moved planes), but I can't find any pictures (not surprisingly).
I'll have to forgive my relatives for not mentioning this though, CC and HH are doing double or triple duty for the Red Cross right now, and I'm sure Wichi Dude and Dudette are helping out in some manner too (as well as working at their regular jobs).
Sorry, Bogie. I assumed that it was all over the media was why I sent the "We are well." email. Hardest hit was the mobile home park on the southern edge of Oaklawn. As I drove up K-15 to get to the County Emergency Operation Center (714 N Main in Wichita) that night, the traffic signal light at Madison & Rock was the last functioning light (my route was: Madison - K-15 - Washington Ave, not Geo Washington - 2nd St - Market - Pine - parking lot), there were no more functioning signals nor house/business lights on until I reached K-15 & Pawnee. The bakery just south of Pawnee was the first business with power on.
I'll post some photos.
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 22, 2012 10:17:30 AM
Even the National news and Weather Channel just had general reports that basically said that your area had a high probability of a tornado. Then it was that Kansas had a high percentage of the 102 tornadoes that day. The only specifics were for tornadoes they showed film of, or those that produced casualties.
Posted by: bogie at Apr 23, 2012 4:13:58 AM
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 25, 2012 6:27:33 PM