I Was In a Tornado

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 129 People

    11-23-2004 Olla, Louisiana

    If I remember correctly, it was around 8 or 9 at night when an F4 touched down on the tiny little town of Olla. I was at work in a gas station that night and had no idea that bad weather was on it's way. The EMT's stopped in for coffee as they usually do. When they left, I...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong
    31-35, F
    Mar 11, 2012

    I've Been In A Few

    Every time I visit St. Louis, MO--there's a tornado there. The last time I visited--there were two on the same trip. And everytime I move to a new house--within 6 months there's a tornado. The house is always fine--but when it happens I'm always saying--heck, I didn't know...
    warmwhisper warmwhisper
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Jun 3, 2010

    A Couple

    I was in one not to long ago.. Maybe a couple months ago.. It took my house and my car.. And I had to go live with my prom date... Then not even three weeks later a tornado took out his house... I thought that the tornadoes just liked fallowing me so I left him... I hated doing...
    XLunaXLovegoodX XLunaXLovegoodX
    22-25, F
    Jul 22, 2008

    April 27, 2011

    Only seven days after my 19th birthday, Tuscaloosa, Alabama was hit by one of the worst tornadoes I have ever experienced. I have lived in the south my whole life so tornadoes have never been forgien to me, However, this storm was different. This storm destroyed the town I now...
    gwig gwig
    18-21
    3 Responses Jun 13, 2011

    Today is the anniversary of the super outbreak

    that nearly wiped my hometown off the map. I was 4 then. My mom, my brother, me and the dog were huddled together in the bathroom of a little ranch style house like in the picture. The Xenia Tornado was F5 Length 32 miles 33 killed 1,150 injured http://youtu.be...
    Unsatisfiedstace2 Unsatisfiedstace2
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Apr 3

    Tornado II

    My wife and I were in Florida visiting some friends in Panama City.One morning we had arranged to meet for breakfast and plan the days activities.While we were eating we decided the ladies were going to go to an outlet mall about 30 miles to the west and my buddy and I were going...
    traveler traveler
    51-55, M
    Oct 27, 2006

    F5

    Plainfeld tornado of 8/28/1990. i was only 2 at the time and it happened 2 days after my birthday. i don't remember much but images and felling. But from what i learned i was in the hospital at that day because my parents were worried that i hurt my self badly because i was...
    dragonmonkey88 dragonmonkey88
    22-25, M
    Dec 7, 2011

    Caught In the Eye

    It was a pretty freaky experience. I managed to get inside before the eye passed, but I have never, to this day, experienced such an eerie stillness. An almost grayscale-looking environment from the shadow cast by the mass.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2007

    One Of The Scariest Times Of My Life

    I don't want to sound like a wimp but I tell you, being in a tornado would make the strongest man crap his pants!! I just moved to SC from Long Island, and I was out shopping. When I got home, I was told a tornado watch was alerted. The closest thing I have even come to a...
    Cbinzo68 Cbinzo68
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jul 3, 2013

    Yesterday.......

    I live in an area called "Tornado Alley"......we have them every spring/summer.......yesterday we had on ( it's freakin February!).....the technology of our weather men is beyond belief, they can tell you within seconds/minutes of when and where the tornado is heading...
    cap1015 cap1015
    46-50, M
    5 Responses Feb 11, 2009

    Just now, a tornado went within 150 feet of my

    house. it was insane. I was so freaking scared. But my family and I are safe, so thank God.
    saigebeck101 saigebeck101
    13-15, F
    Aug 2, 2015

    A Couple

    I was in one not to long ago.. Maybe a couple months ago.. It took my house and my car.. And I had to go live with my prom date... Then not even three weeks later a tornado took out his house... I thought that the tornadoes just liked fallowing me so I left him... I hated doing...
    XLunaXLovegoodX XLunaXLovegoodX
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 22, 2008

    Family Of 5 Story Of Oklahoma Tornado

    Hi everyone reading this. I want to tell you a remarkable story of my mom's friend's house destruction in Moore. I'm sure if you live in Oklahoma you heard this story on the news. Her and her husband and children were in the bathtub wearing helmets right when they got out, it was...
    Coolnewbie Coolnewbie
    16-17, F
    3 Responses May 23, 2013

    Joplin Missouri F5

    :'(I live in Joplin and was effected by the May 22 2011 F5 tornadoIt was horrible and still is
    picachewy picachewy
    16-17
    Apr 15, 2012

    The Day Of The Mile Wide Tornados - May 3, 1999

    I've always been fascinated by the weather. I always wanted to see a real tornado. I got my wish at 10yrs old. Going down the interstate in western Kansas my father took an exit ramp. When we got to the top we looked down the road and there was a tornado on the ground coming...
    Mehameha Mehameha
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Oct 14, 2011

    5/10/08 Stuttgart, Ar [part 2]

    After the wind subsided, we left the bathroom and put on outfits suitable to go outside and leave the house. The words I remember were "Put on tennis shoes. We're leaving".  We spent the night at our church's piano player's house. The next morning, we still had out Mother's Day...
    sonicfan11luv sonicfan11luv
    13-15, F
    Oct 23, 2012

    Way Too Young to Remember It Though...

    Apparently i was..... I was like 1 and we were driving through Nebraska and there was a tornado. We were in a restaurant and they had us all go into the kitchen and stuff and it destroyed a bunch of homes and buildings in the town but didnt hit the restaurant. Yep. Thats it lol...
    asdfok asdfok
    18-21, F
    Aug 21, 2008

    Tornado

    I remember when i was about 16 and i was working at KFC, and it was a real muggy day, and I remember it started to rain a little and the next thing i know the Sky turned pitch black and hail started dropping, then it just flew by sounded like a train, and it totally destroyed the...
    siggy10 siggy10
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Feb 4, 2008

    Summer 2007

    It was summer 2007 in Michigan. I had just gotten home from a friends house, and I was helping my mom and sister clean up the house for her grad party that was going to take place in a few days. As we were cleaning, it began to rain. I thought "Yes! I love storms!" Well, little...
    Sabrina1991 Sabrina1991
    22-25
    1 Response Jul 8, 2012

    The Big Top

    When  I  was  10  my  mom  and  dad  took  me  to  the  circus.  While  we  were  watching  the  big  show.  A  Tornado  touched  down  while  we ...
    rockybear397 rockybear397
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Apr 6, 2008

    Tornado

    Leaves stood still, and our hearts stood still, But the sky was a-boil with clouds, A coppery wrack, and the greenish black of shrouds We dove for shelter and none too soon The universe swayed and swirled, And the monstrous horn of a unicorn Gored the world.:)
    gr8jesus gr8jesus
    51-55, M
    2 Responses May 19, 2011

    Alabama

    I have lived in Alabama my whole life, and have seen many, MANY tornadoes.....but had never been directly hit by one, until January 2012 The tornadoes that came thru Alabama then directly hit my neighborhood I was fairly lucky, just had minor damage to my house......needed roof...
    ThinkingOver ThinkingOver
    31-35, M
    Mar 23, 2013

    Crying Sky

    Storm in the night  Sending shivers down my spine Lightning and thunder Heavens in a fight Oh what a sight Sky so angry Flashes of light Sending shivers down my spine  Feelings of fright Here he comes winds start to twirl Demon in the night Stomping and smashing buildings Left...
    gr8jesus gr8jesus
    51-55, M
    2 Responses May 19, 2011

    Technically I wasn't in a tornado,

    but I was a hair away from it. Last night (8:45 - 11:00 about) a big storm hit Dripping Springs, Texas in the USA. Living not very far from Dripping Springs, our house was hit as well. Trees fell down blocking many roads and driveways and damaging houses, fences, cars etc...
    NarutoShippudenFanGirl NarutoShippudenFanGirl
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jun 13, 2014

    When Hell Broke Loose In Joplin, Missouri

    I was driving a truck delivering to grocery warehouses all over 48 states. I was delivering to Carthage, Missouri to a big underground meat house ( I cannot recall the name) but I was scheduled to unload there Monday morning at 5 o'clock. I remember coming into Joplin and...
    Roughneck1992 Roughneck1992
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 6, 2013

    Almost In A Tornado Twice!

    Our family lived in St. Louis MO a few years when I was younger an being from CA we had never experienced a tornado. In the late afternoon we were down the street at a friends house and the sky turned a dark yellow color and it started pouring. We ran back home but there was no...
    IngridMuller IngridMuller
    26-30, F
    Jul 3, 2013

    Saved a Younger Boy.

    I was going to summer camp in wisconsin, right after 3rd grade. I took a rowboat out on the lake with the son of the samp owner. He was 2-3 years younger. In the middle of the lake the sirens started to screech and people started rowing back to shore. Then a voice came...
    CarterQ CarterQ
    36-40, M
    1 Response Dec 4, 2007

    5/10/08 Stuttgart, Ar [part 1]

    What would you do if you had never been in a tornado, and you were only 9? I remember it very clearly. My story starts at 7:30 p.m. We always have the Little Rock news channel on, no matter what is on TV. The two weather men (chief and weekend meteorologists) were naming the...
    sonicfan11luv sonicfan11luv
    13-15, F
    Oct 23, 2012

    July 26th, 2013

    You know how they say tornadoes never happen in Northern Michigan? Well one almost did happen. It was just a normal day of driving downstate and back up for me and my mom and sister. As we were at a Save-a-Lot mine and my mom's phones both started beeping erratically about...
    Mandy314 Mandy314
    18-21, F
    Aug 31, 2013

    Almost Killed

    One little old average day turend out the worst. Me,my big sis, and mom were driving home from mom's worship practice. We saw green lightning from the sky. Soon rain was pouring and wind was blowing really hard. My mom accidently took a wrong turn. Within 5 minutes we were about...
    Coolnewbie Coolnewbie
    16-17, F
    May 24, 2013

    What a Rush

    I have been in quite a few considering I used to live in tornado alley. The last time I was visiting my brother for new years and they said we had a tornado warning. tornados kept popping up all around the area and we were in the middle of a super storm. As the wind picked up and...
    RockYouBebeh RockYouBebeh
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 17, 2007

    When I lived in Iowa My ex

    and I chased tornadoes and we ended up having to hide from one. The sound was just unbearable. I still have nightmares from it. They dont scare me at all. Id love to chase them again but have to wait till my kids are older.
    momof3grls2014 momof3grls2014
    31-35, F
    Apr 27, 2014

    4 Times

    The first... I woke up in the middle of the night to the loudest bang I have yet heard in my life. I was 6. It was the sound of a tornado snapping the trunk of an oak tree that would take 5 people to encircle off about a foot above the ground. It landed in my yard...
    VincentValentine VincentValentine
    31-35, M
    Sep 4, 2009

    I had 2 rescue TOTO,

    but left Dorothy behind, my bad!!
    pyeito pyeito
    31-35, M
    Jan 7, 2014

    To day has been scary!

    We just had a tornado and everything is all crazyyyyy!! Our tennis meet is canceled and idk anymore! Yesterday was sunny and today we get this? Well I guess that's Texas weather for ya!!
    fireworks1283 fireworks1283
    13-15, F
    May 8, 2015

    I was in the April 24 1993 F5 Tornado

    that hit Catoosa Oklahoma i was four years old at the time. i remember my mom trying to find a place for us to hide to be protected but since it was a small trailer there really wasnt anywhere. so she just pulled the mattress of the bed and had us get under it against the wall.
    PanHead1989 PanHead1989
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jul 24, 2015

    When I Was Little

    We're in a tornado warning right now, actually, which reminded me of when I was little and I was eating lunch inside (tomato soup and grilled cheese) and all of a sudden it started raining really hard. Then we heard a loud noise like a train, and my dad yanked back the curtain...
    BookNerd BookNerd
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 10, 2008

    the Storm In Gulfport

    I'm sure all of you remember hurricane Katrina from last year and what it did to the Mississippi coast.Well I was in Gulfport ,Miss. about 15 years ago for a job and we were hit by a tornado.We had finished for the day and I had gone back to my motel.I was on the 4th...
    traveler traveler
    51-55, M
    1 Response Oct 23, 2006

    I Was In A Tornado April 27 2011

    i was in the tornado that hit cullman alabama on april 27 2011. i have never witnessed mother nature so close since i lived in miami, which was hurricain andrew. the poor little town i live in was destroyed. the entire state in devistation. i watched the funnel come down and hit...
    cuddlefuzz cuddlefuzz
    36-40, F
    4 Responses May 4, 2011

    Not Exactly Tornado Alley

    I live in Massachusetts. We get tornado watches/warnings pretty often, usually every time there is a storm. No one ever takes them seriously. Why would we? It's Massachusetts, and when would there ever be a tornado in Massachusetts? We are thousands of miles away from tornado...
    LenoraLouise LenoraLouise
    18-21, F
    Jul 2, 2013

    I always get an eerie feeling

    when they test the tornado sirens at Noon on the first Monday of every month. Do they do any emergency siren testing where you live??
    Unsatisfiedstace2 Unsatisfiedstace2
    46-50, F
    Mar 7
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