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Old 01-10-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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OK, the news is saying that one or more tornadoes touched down in Vancouver, WA, where Splitcoast "lives." Still more funnel clouds. All I've seen is that there was "widespread damage."

Sure hope everyone down that way is doing alright!
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:42 PM   #2
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Hah, widespread damage means about 1,000 to 2,000 people without power and a few traffic lights out, as far as I can tell. I live in Vancouver, actually closer to where the tornado touched down than where the SCS headquarters is (their mailing addy is wa-a-a-a-y on the east side of town). We're fine, for the most part. The thunder storm was hellaciously loud, and there was a fierce hail and rainstorm between 12:30 and 1 pm that were pretty scary, though. I'll turn on the news and if I hear anything else, I'll post.
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Old 01-10-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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Wow, I didn't know that area gets tornadoes.
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Okay, news says the tornado was about 1/4 mile wide and continued for just over two miles before dissipating, with winds 90-110 mph, 200 trees and 12 homes damaged. They also showed businesses that sustained varying damage, mostly roofing and siding materials torn off and blown around. No one was hurt, but there were a lot of pictures of debris all over the place and some vehicles crushed by trees and building materials. There were a couple of portable housing units down by Vancouver Lake which were destroyed; the units housed the Vancouver rowing club's equipment. That was a huge mess, with stuff strewn everywhere.

It's amazing to me how much damage there was and how close it was to my house. We live off 129th St. about three or four miles away from where the most damage occurred; the tornado was first spotted at around 78th St., due south of us. Kind of scary!

I'm glad no one was seriously injured, and I hope everyone who had damage will have it restored by insurance.

And yes, it's a very rare thing to have a tornado around here (thankfully). And if the SCS folks are actually located anywhere near their mailing address, they should be fine judging by the fact that the tornado was pretty much on the northwest end of town.
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I'm in Ga. and we have Tornado warnings...............I hate being up all nite!!
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Thanks so much for the update! The hard part is knowing how close some folks are to disasters, kwim? I'm so glad they (and you!) are fine...
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how did the news know about SCS? I hope everyone is fine!
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Wisconsin had tornados a couple of days ago. That is unheard of around here in January. Now the debris is getting covered by snow causing more problems.
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my sister in KY had a tornado in her back yard this afternoon as well... Funky weather everywhere today!

sis and property are fine, except for the 6 inches of rain that accompanied the twister.... her basement is flooded... unfortunately her craft room is down there
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The last tornado in Vancouver was in April, 1972. I remember that one (I was 12), and it did a lot of damage and there were fatalities. They're saying that the one today was an F1, so not that big compared to what other parts of the country get. I did watch the dark thunder clouds pass over today, and was happy when I got my kids home. Memories of 1972 were floating thru my brain. Funnel clouds are not unheard of here, but they seldom ever touch down. And when they do, they're not usually more than big dust devils.
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how did the news know about SCS? I hope everyone is fine!
The news said the twister was in Vancouver. Ms Betsy put in the part about Splitcoast.


P.S. Have you read the book "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves"?
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The news said the twister was in Vancouver. Ms Betsy put in the part about Splitcoast.


P.S. Have you read the book "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves"?
What is the book about? I know I've heard it mentioned...
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It's about punctuation. and grammar. It has so many funny stories. The book's title was taken from an article about panda's. The article stated that a panda eats, shoots and leaves. That would mean that after the panda eats, he shoots and after he shoots he leaves. The magazine should have printed the sentence without any commas....... A panda eats shoot and leaves.
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What do Pandas shoot? Okay... I'm back on topic now...
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my first thought exactly!
Now that I have discovered the internet and conversing with people all over the world, it seems daily danger is close to someone I "know".
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I happened to look at my email at 2 am EST and there was a note from my cousin in Vancouver whose son is on that rowing team, and they live in walking distance from the boats and crew house - it was all junk - the oars are ok but the boats were 90% demolished. Had it hit a few hours later all the rowers would have been there for a practice or meet or something...her electricity had just come back on I think when she emailed - they are in shock and so very grateful no one was hurt.
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Glad there aren't any serious injuries! I hate tornadoes. The only one reason I don't like MO!

Question: If you have home insurance and your roof got blown off or a window got broken by a tornado or just huge gush of wind and it rains and the house gets flooded or just damaged from the moisture. Does your insurance pay for that or you need flood insurance? If I need flood to cover the wet portion I guess I need to make a phone call.
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