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Spent 5 hours getting chemotherapy this morning, came home feeling like crap. Laid down to nap..alarms and sirens start blasting. Rush 5 cats to the basement and prep shelter. Go outside to see this in my subdivision.

Spent 5 hours getting chemotherapy this morning, came home feeling like crap. Laid down to nap..alarms and sirens start blasting. Rush 5 cats to the basement and prep shelter. Go outside to see this in my subdivision.

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ZenithLags

Damn. Good luck to you and your kitties hope you stay safe


CastleOfBravo

Thank you :-) we are all ok but they hate me now.


cassandraterra

Now you need to pay the cat tax. Times four. I had to wrangle 3 cats before and one always peed. It sucked. But we all survived.


Andrew109

Pee isn't bad. I had a cat that had diarrhea everytime he was scared or anxious. We don't have many, (usually none, it's the first one I've ever seen) tornadoes where I'm from but last year we got one and I rushed the cats to the basement, this cat started shitting almost right away, all over my arm and shirt, leaving a trail of wet shit across the floor and down the carpeted stairs.


cassandraterra

Crikey! That is… terrifyingly impressive? So glad my Jude Bug didn’t do that. He was such a scaredy-cat.


sceadwian

Make sure you post tomorrow so we know you're okay. The pièce de résistance here would be them suffocating you in your sleep for trying to keep them safe. Just a joke! But.. seriously, don't let the cats read this, better safe than sorry..


Mobile_Piccolo

Cats: There is going to be so much shit in his shoes tomorrow morning...


Plus-Help558

Those alarm sounds are nightmare fuel


MrsNLupin

Unless you're from the midwest. Midwesterners take that sound to mean "go outside on your porch and look around"


Nick11wrx

Can confirm, am Midwesterner. Heard some this afternoon and immediately went outside like ohhh didn’t even know we were having storms this afternoon. Didn’t even get much rain by me so I sat on the porch and enjoyed a drink whilst enjoying the colorful sky.


mufassil

I mean, when it suddenly gets calm and stops raining, you really should go inside.


PensiveObservor

Well, that's when you go quiet and watch for a bit. When the sky goes green like the inside of a rotten avocado and your insides get real dead feeling... that's when you go inside. And down to the basement.


Many_Spoked_Wheel

When your gut drops and all the leaves that had been blowing on the wind are just eerily suspended in the air.


Dramatic_Explosion

I have felt that a number of times in my youth and miss midwest storms a ton. Luckily our specific neighborhood was never hit but man can you feel when a tornado is on the way.


trenlow12

It turns out we prefer even terror and the threat of destruction to longing and malaise.


Purging_otters

That's the 2021 best selling Hallmark card slogan right there. A Beautiful truth.


ImAOneTrackLover

Sounds like the beginning of a horror movie. But tornadoes are scary to me. Probably because we don't have them where I am.


DarthRumbleBuns

It is. It either goes yellow or sickly green. Everything in your body screams hide and it's so silent you can hear your heartbeat in a place that was roaring a moment ago. The only feeling similar I have ever felt is when I stepped into a field in the Rockies while elk hunting and saw a bear cub and realized I had just stepped in between a grizzly and her babies and had to very slowly back out before she realized I wasn't a tree.


tsavong117

It's bizarre, but that's an extremely accurate way to describe it. Like your gut just drops out of you and everything freezes. Every fiber of you being is just SCREAMING at you that something is *very* wrong, and if you don't find a nice deep cave to hide in *you are going to die*. That said, hearing all the huskies try to perfectly match the tornado sirens on their monthly tests is always hilarious.


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Cyno01

>hearing all the huskies try to perfectly match the tornado sirens on their monthly tests is always hilarious. They test ours weekly here, but even tho one of our dogs howls sometimes, neither GAF about the sirens. Even tired taking them for walks specifically on wednesdays at noon to see if i could get a funny video, nothing.


shakycam3

There’s a sound that lions make that turns your insides to jelly. You have to hear it in person. It’s low and deep with bass and thuds in your chest when you hear it. It made me feel like my legs were gonna start running without me. I was at a zoo around dusk and the lions were getting feisty because they were about to be fed. A big male close to me made this sound. Nightmare fuel.


minutiesabotage

Can confirm the feeling. The male lion at the zoo I used to work at would roar every morning at 7:45 (not aggressively, just his usual "I'm up and this is my territory" roar). Most of the time he wasn't even especially loud, I've heard louder dog barks. But speakers and words can't really convey the feeling of subsonic vibrations hitting you in the chest. After a while though, it's not really nightmare fuel. Just became "oh hey Aslan, good morning to you too".


damnitmcnabbit

The brown note


smcivor1982

I grew up in Northern NY and we never got tornadoes but we did get some insane micro bursts. If I see anything looking remotely yellow outside, I’m like time to get inside and lock it down! Those storms are burned into my brain and it’s mostly due to remembering how wrong it looked outside with that weird yellow cast to everything. Tornadoes terrify me and we had 2 in Brooklyn during the 5 years I lived there. Completely bizarre and unexpected!


friendlyfire69

I've had a tornado pass about a quarter mile away from me. The sound is SO LOUD. It's like you're right next to a train


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txhorns1330

I was there as well. I was at tinker air force base and i was 9. The neighborhood right across the street was obliterated and we could see the tornando out our front door. We didnt have a basement on base and all huddled in a central closet as it passed by a half mile away. That devastation that was left after was unlike anything ive ever seen. Thae only thing that was on the same level was post harvey in houston, where i live now. Spent a week volunteering, doing clean up and animal recovery. Still such a vivid memory.


Aerodine

I was a few blocks away from the Joplin tornado in 2011. Most surreal experience of my life.


liandrin

Humans really can have a sort of sixth sense that gets triggered by tornadoes, it’s wild. We had a warning in Fort Worth recently. I grew up in tornado alley but have only personally experienced 3 tornadoes. This most recent one came really close but JUST grazed by my location. I was on my apartment porch watching the sky (my shelter in place location wasn’t that far away) and there came a moment when everything went quiet. The sky was weird. I could see lightning and feel vibrations of thunder but couldn’t hear anything. My skin crawled and the hairs on the nape of my neck stood on end. I very quickly shut the door and sheltered in my closet. There’s just a moment when you KNOW, in your gut, that one is nearby. It’s really hard to convey to people who haven’t been through one, but lots of tornado alley dwellers gain an instinct for it.


minutiesabotage

Not a 6th sense, it's the pressure drop. Your body can feel that sudden change. We likely evolved the ensuing sense of dread because sudden barometric pressure drops would almost always mean "you're screwed" to prehistoric man.


SprittneyBeers

Totally agree. I also agree with the sentiment that it’s hard to convey to people who have never been near one, though. It’s absolutely creepy at the time but super cool to look back on.


FSCENE8tmd

Tornadoes are very scary because they can change their minds in a split second. That's why I like to watch them come. We had one that tore down the neighbors house and got within 100ft of our house then it jumped over us and tore up the other neighbors house. I've driven through 2 Tornadoes. One was absolutely horrifying chaos and the other was there then gone. Had one land behind the building I was closing last year and it sounded like the roof was going to vibrate off. That one was scary because the building doesn't have a true designated safe space and it was pitch black. My favorite thing though, after every tornado, no matter how destructive it was, nature looks almost supernaturally beautiful for a little bit. In my opinion at least.


NerfJihad

Your brain is high off "I fuckin lived!"


FSCENE8tmd

Lol Huh. I never thought about it like that.


redditortoo

> nature looks almost supernaturally beautiful for a little bit. In my opinion at least. I am from the east coast. This is how I've always felt about hurricanes. I love to be at the beach when a storm is close. Everything smells so CLEAN and sanitized and all around it's destruction.


shrout1

The air after a hurricane smells like it was express shipped from the carribean :P


Emergency_Big_736

YOUVE NEVER SEEN IT MISS THIS HOUSE AND THAT HOUSE AND COME AFTER YOU!!!


karks86

Jesus, Jo—is that what you think it did!?


LippyDicky

We have them, less often, but can't have basements. We just chill in the tub with blankets.


jeepfail

I had a coworker tell me a story once of a pastor visiting southern Indians from somewhere around Miami. He asked what the sirens were and then said something like “Ah tornados aren’t anything. We deal with several hurricanes a year.” Apparently his mind changed real fast when one came down out of the sky maybe a half mile away and was headed their way. He found out the key difference is that you can plan for days for a hurricane but not for a tornado.


Captain_Kuhl

They *should* be, they can blow up a house in the right conditions. I've been caught in a few, once while we were on the road with zero cover, and it's definitely not a scenario people should take lightly.


Of_Silent_Earth

Man I moved away from Minnesota several years ago and this is all making me homesick.


Deely_Boppers

Yep. That was when I knew to get the hell inside. The leaves started moving through the air in ways that leaves don’t normally move. The tornado didn’t hit us, but it tore through our neighborhood about 100 yards away, not 5 minutes later.


Shiripuu

This sounds super interesting! Is there any youtube video showing it?


Limp-Philosopher8466

Got it. Green fruit guts indicates time to strut to the base... Wait, I'm a Midwestern without a basement, time to head outside.


NotAlana

Once I was outside and I was like....huh why is it so still? Huh why is the sky green? Huh why is there a SWIRLING VORTEX OF DEATH DIRECTLY ABOVE MY HOUSE?


captobliviated

Born and raised Midwesterner. Can Confirm.


si-abhabha

Don’t worry ‘til your ears pop is what my grandad used to say.....


meltingdiamond

When you hear an approaching fright train and the sky turns yellow you have been issued your final warning.


CleverName4

When people say it sounds like a freight train, what are they referring to? Surely they mean the sound of the train actually rushing down the tracks, and not the horn.


Topochicho

The rumble of a hundred heavily loaded freight cars whizzing past at way to high a speed to be safe.


blonderaider21

Winds in a tornado can reach an excess of 100 mph so it sounds like the rumbling of a heavy locomotive barreling down the track. Not the horn. Some ppl say it sounds like a jet engine. But it’s very loud


masterflashterbation

Just over 300mph is the record.


starrpamph

I was always told it was green that's the gtfo color, is it actually yellow?


Fluffyturtle225

The color made is actually more blue but it mixes with the yellow from the sun and creates the eerie green we all know and love. I guess in some places the blue never happens


ZombieMobSIaya

*i'm blue, if i was green i would die*


thatdadfromcanada

*I'm blue, but there's a tornado in sky*


BebopBandit

You must not be a Midwesterner


peese-of-cawffee

Or a Texan, because all Texans know that's the best time to collect the biggest hailstones.


M1st3rr33d

Yeah I’m in central Texas. The bigger the hail the better the concussion.


Claque-2

Now when a tornado looks like it's not moving, like this one, it's coming straight for you. Heck of the thing going through a tornado and chemotherapy. Hope you feel better and get healthy again.


Cochise22

Being stuck way too close to funnel clouds/tornados a couple times in my life I can say this isn’t totally true (not totally untrue either). It’s hard to explain, but when you’re standing in the middle of it, you know exactly where the danger is coming from and where to look.


mana_tree

Had them here in Missouri going off today. But then I realized it was the first Monday of the month and they’re testing them…But having storm clouds in the distance made me think, “ if I was a tornado, this would be the perfect time to strike.” Edit: I’m in St Louis (St Charles County)


catnipwitch31

Wait y'alls only go off once a month? Someone tell that to Arkansas towns pls. Every. Wednesday. At noon. They test them. It's usually pretty quick, 2-3 mins, but holy shit I hate i dread it every time. Edit: I am absolutely loving the discourse below about how often different areas do it. Its so neat and I def won't complain about my once weekly tests anymore since some of y'all gotta deal with em every day lol. It's so interesting why other areas do it differently!


bdubnit

I’m in Missouri and they’re first Wednesday of every month here. Couldn’t imagine every week! Edit: Kansas City here


catnipwitch31

The only exception is if there is any rainy weather, they won't go off, that way people don't confuse the test for the real deal. But yea, eevvvvverrrryyyy single. Fucking. Week. The sounds of sirens give me anxiety, but it's usually over pretty quickly and I know it's just a test. Now when they go off for real... yeah I'm hiding. I'm not like other southerners who wanna run out onto the porch and look One time my old roommates had friends over for a DND night. Sirens go off, it's late at night, and these motherfuckers just keep playing while some WENT OUTSIDE like they'd be able to see anything?? It was pitch black?? Night tornadoes are fucking terrifying. They ignored me saying "maybe we should get into the hallway" and basically acted like I was weird for wanting everyone to take precaution. It ended up being just an EF0 on the outskirts of our county but I'll never forget the feeling of being ignored and scared. Which I'm reminded of those sounds. Every. Freaking. Week. But the area i live in now doesn't get a ton of tornadoes, but Arkansas is still considered tornado alley. I'm surrounded by mountains in my area and the storms usually pass over, thankfully.


deadpoolkool

Nebraska boy here, 3 tornados, watched two of them till they were too close stand without the wind knocking me over. One happened at a state park with my family, we hid under a concrete bench. They're fascinating but scary as hell.


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Sololop

At least it's making people aware of the storm. Still kinda helps so they aren't taken by surprise eh?


rainbowmagik24

Yes, but then you want to run out and go see. It's like hearing the opening theme song to your favorite show.


Kamau54

Some of us deal with it first Saturday of each month, but it's a test of the nuclear power plant.


fondots

My local nuclear plant does a quick test of their sirens every month but it's very quick, often not even enough time for the siren to fully get up to full volume. If you're not outside near one you probably wouldn't even notice it. Twice a year they do a full test and sound it for a few minutes. Today was actually testing day here.


HereToLearnEverybody

Ya we have them during the week by me- maybe once a month. When I was maybe 7 I got pinned down under one while it went off for 5 so min. It was a whole thing.


tacos_yeah_tacos

Can confirm. Grew up in Nebraska. Alarms meant "go see if the sky is green or you see a funnel cloud. If not you're probably fine"


ihasthedumb123

Yeah, I don't understand this at all. I am from the west coast but now live in Wisconsin. My husband and friends always laugh when I get nervous about these crazy summer storms that come through. When the tornado sirens go off I am in the basement immediately, pacing and stressed while my husband bounces around looking out windows excitedly. Or he is outside ignoring my pleas to come in. We'll see how those Midwestern tornado chasers handle an earthquake, then it will be my time to be chill about it. Until then I am hiding in the basement expecting a reenactment of the Wizard of Oz everytime the sirens go off.


retix

As someone who grew up and lives in the Midwest, it's because the sirens mean nothing ~90% of the time. They sound the sirens whenever radar shows rotation in a storm or there is a possibility of a tornado. True tornados are very rare for us. We will often get funnel clouds starting to form and then collapse. With so many false alarms, it is easy to get complacent and want to go look.


thefartyparty

I’m in ohio and there were a few years where they’d sound the siren every time there was a severe thunderstorm warning plus a tornado watch, which was like weekly in the summer. It was bonkers. Fortunately they changed it back to tornado warning only, so now it’s maybe a couple times a year other than the monthly test run. So much better. I go to the basement every time after they changed it. A tornado touched down about a half mile from my house growing up. My house was fine but some schoolmates houses were messed up pretty badly. One girl who lived on the path was deathly afraid of thunderstorms afterwards and our teacher had to comfort her in class. Tore the roof off the gym at my elementary school and even more damage at the middle school. Some info on that tornado: https://scottdimmich.com/2015/06/02/remembering-the-harrison-area-f4-tornado-25-years-ago/ The 1990 F4 tornado with the 33 mile path was the one that hit my neighborhood. Middle school and many classmates were on Pippin Rd.


iHeartRatties

Kinda like how the fire alarms in my old apartment building would go off every time someone flooded their bathroom you kinda get used to it and if you are on the first couple of floors, you wait until it seems like an actual emergency or you smell smoke before evacuating


Stitch-point

Ever been in a casino when the fire alarm goes off? No one moves. Not even the dealers. Everyone just keeps gambling. They figure if it is real someone will tell someone. Of course the day we had a real fire on the floor with smoke pouring out of a trash can and flames showing, no one did shit then either. Casinos are weird places.


death_of_flats

"Am I on fire? Yes/no"


worktogethernow

I think it is safer to look outside and make your own local forecast. I find it easier to relax if I can see the storm is going around me and not over me. One time I saw green lightning. That time I went inside and stayed in the basement until the storm was clearly past.


ihasthedumb123

Wait, I now have to worry about green lightening too? WTF?!! This is new information that I was not prepared for. I think my husband hid that weather possibility from me.


Apocalyptic0n3

I'm a software engineer and when I first started my current job, one of our PMs marked everyone of their tickets as "Urgent" priority. And ever since then, we've often used the phrase "when everything's urgent, nothing is." It's the same thing for most people in the Midwest. I grew up in Michigan. These sirens would go off once every week or two and in my 21 years living there, I saw a grand total of zero tornadoes and slept through the only one that got close. When everything's a tornado, nothing is. You just grow used to it and it kinda becomes a joke trying to actually see it. Which of course means some idiots like me end up dying because they stop taking it seriously.


kagah

I moved out to Wisconsin from Washington 3 years ago and I'm still not used to the tests at the beginning of the month. one went off last year that wasn't a test, apparently one was spotted a bit southeast of our town. I proceed to do the same thing as you (stressed out in the basement) while my girlfriend is outside looking around. I will never get used to those sirens.


AnotherAccount636

I'm from Oklahoma we've got tornados and earthquakes. At first the earthquakes were unnerving it's hard to explain someone that's never been in one, but it's so fucking weird that everything is just moving, after a while though, you get used to them


paszkisr

I’m from WI and you learn that you won’t be harmed if it’s during the work week and if you don’t live in Dodge county.


KingBlackers

Australian here.... What the fuck is wrong with you people! Go inside! It's a fucken Tornado!


DreadPirateZoidberg

Your one to speak. “That dinner plate size spider sitting in the corner is harmless! But make sure you stay out of the ocean on Tuesday. That’s when the invisible deadly microscopic jellyfish come through.” Never mind the everything else that wants to maim or kill you in your sunburned country.


KingBlackers

Atleats in my part of the country the FUCKEN WIND ISN'T TRYING TO KILL ME! haha


DreadPirateZoidberg

So in Australia the only truly safe activity is flying a kite?


KingBlackers

It's best to avoid taking your eyes off the ground for too long. This is also why drop bears are so successful. Cant win


AeratedFeces

I'm a Midwesterner and tornados are probably my #1 fear. Being charged with a murder I didn't commit is second. I think it's because I saw the movie Twister when I was very very young and got scared. Asked my grandma if those were real and she gave me an answer I really did not like.


CastleOfBravo

They are worse in person it was so erie with those droning sounds and the sky swallowing the earth. It's an experience for sure.


19whale96

I remember being stuck in Amarillo Tx during a tornado, I swear those sirens have to be designed to make you want to leave.


Ok_Control397

Thats why they sound like that and they do a damn well job at that


mufassil

Unless you live somewhere that you can barely hear it. At my current home you can vaguely hear it I'd you're listening.


The_pun_fart

They used to make V8 powered sirens. Get one of those bad boys and slap a turbo on it.


Vega_0bscura

https://youtu.be/l04qWEEPFEk


JimmyEatWhirl

They use them to summon the volunteer fire department to the station in my hometown. Pretty sure they have pagers as well, but the air raid alarm is part of the towns charm.


Imdeadandbrowsing

They are actually designed to sound weird. It grabs your attention.


dingman58

Is there a sound person who can tell us what the right words are to describe this? Is it dissonance?


JEveryman

I don't think that sounds right. I'll see myself out.


Ask_Me_If_Im_A_Horse

Yes, it’s dissonance. The interval (distance) between the pitches of the sirens is so small at certain points it causes the sounds waves to cross each other rapidly, giving you that wavy/beady sound as the sirens go up and down. I’m a music teacher and dissonance and consonance (the opposite) are a fundamental concept. Here’s a good video on consonance and dissonance in music. https://youtu.be/sGTRB9w8c8g


Able_Kaleidoscope626

I grew up in Longview. They really freaked me out as a kid. Guess that’s a reason they chose this type of siren for Silent Hill.


Cessnaporsche01

> I swear those sirens have to be designed to make you want to leave. ...yeah, they are.


mjshep

First time I heard one in person was in Alabama on a military base. I had only been there a day and scrambled for a shelter or secure building. Nobody else seemed to react.


crissaboo

If you were at Benning (which is right next door to Alabama), they test the siren every Saturday at noon. You learn pretty quickly to ignore it.


AntiFame

[Silent Hill Suburb Edition.](https://youtu.be/OwFqShcxaQ0)


Porta404

is everything okay now OP?


insideoutoutside

In my favorite little beach town they test the tsunami alarm system monthly, but they play cows mooing instead of the actual alarm. It's done to avoid a rush of people running for the hills hearing the actual sirens go off. It's an absolute crack-up when you hear it. Video: https://youtu.be/E52UHuPsytY Known locally as the COmmunity Warning System or (COWS)


Drak_is_Right

Same alarms as if nuclear weapons were incoming


freedom_fred

[Chicagos sirens take the cake on nightmare fuel imo. ](https://youtu.be/Yy_oX6SURRE)


AstridDragon

That's what I was gonna say! I grew up in the Midwest so I heard a lot of sirens but nothing like Chicago especially in the fog. Fuckin yikes.


PeterPorky

I remember reading somewhere that the sirens are designed for the human ear/mind to not become complacent to them. They constantly change in pitch and rhythm at an inconsistent rate so you never get used to it.


gibmiser

Well, guess it's time to fucking panic, Jesus.


BombsAndBabies

Where I live, those alarms go off every saturday at 12pm to test them. Even with hearing them that often, it's still dramatic af when a tornado rolls through.


erin_bex

Ours go off every Wednesday at noon. They're also the warning sound for a nuclear evacuation (there's a nuclear plant down the street from us). Once someone accidently set the siren off almost an hour early and it was total chaos until they finally got a bulletin out that everything at the plant was fine (it was obviously not severe weather, was bright and sunny that day). Siren guy was fired.


VF-41

Just like the guy in Hawaii that lit up the Inbound Missile alarm one Saturday morning.


TruthPlenty

Why fire the guy? They definitely aren’t going to do it again, you going to hedge your bets on a new guy?


elmoscooby1623

Ours goes off every first Tuesday of the month at 10 am. Living in the Midwest you almost become desensitized to them, until you realize its not the first Tuesday. Lol.


ItsYaBoiPat

Sounds like OKC?


EvanMBurgess

They test sirens monthly in the Netherlands. They're in case the dikes break. Super eerie for the first few times you hear it then it just kind of becomes commonplace. Forgot to tell a newcomer and it scared the bejeebus out of him. [YouTube](https://youtu.be/PAl_DSmQ5Jw)


1800-bakes-a-lot

Other redditor caught a nice shot of the Tornado [Tornado near Erie this afternoon](https://www.reddit.com/r/Colorado/comments/nuqv6r/tornado_near_erie_this_afternoon_at_around_525/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) Edit: [Boulder redditor also put up a pic of it](https://www.reddit.com/r/boulder/comments/nuqr1t/todays_tornado_from_erie/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf)


FireCharter

> Boulder I didn't realize that Colorado got tornadoes!!


ZeroedByte

Ooohhh yeah! All out east of the state mostly. Weld County gets rocked every year.


tlaw223

They sure do. Look up hail damage and green valley ranch. That was from a rain wrapped prairie tornado. $30k damage to our house from hail.


_TheoreticalNerd_

Yeah, weld county Colorado actually has the most tornado touchdowns out of the entire US


agonizedn

Do the Rocky Mountains have anything to do with it?


xtralargerooster

Yes... Hot air blasting up the plains from the gulf with cold air coming off the rocky mountains... If the gulf air gets trapped under the cold mountain air it creates significant turbulence as the hot air fights to rise and the cold air fights to fall. You get violently swirly air. Except this isn't a tornado... This is a light radial breeze. Source: Kansan


DormantPossibilites

This literally made me understand fucking tornados thank you


McArcticInk-

This was the first tornado I've seen in person. I have really shitty pictures from out in berthoud


1991cr500

I hope you can beat your cancer! Best wishes for you.


CastleOfBravo

Thanks. It's not terminal, pretty treatable they say. But I was like the Irony. I try to stay alive and I'm now gonna get sucked off to OZ in a million pieces today


PeterNinkimpoop

You’re a strong person and keeping your sense of humor, makes me so happy. Fuck cancer!


--_-Deadpool-_--

Fuck cancer


MaxtinFreeman

Fuck tornados


Greening101

Wish I could get sucked off to OZ. All I hear is “I have a bad gag reflex” and “I have a headache today”... fuck cancer btw.


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Shadeauxmarie

I say, I say Fuck Cancer!


boinzy

If it’s any consolation, that Horse of a Different Color is pretty fucking dope.


CGPsaint

Well shit. I guess I’ll stop grumbling about my long work day today.


CastleOfBravo

You can grumble, but keep it to a low roar and avoid sounding like a freight train is all I ask. I'll listen


CGPsaint

I may grumble, but I promise there will be no sirens wailing in the distance!


Celica_Lover

If I lived in Tornado Alley, my storm cellar would be so deep the emergency exit is in China.


erin_bex

I love in tornado alley and don't have one. I have a small pantry closet, small laundry room, and small bathroom that are windowless on the bottom floor of my house, and last time we had a warning and the sky turned green I crammed in the laundry room with all 5 of my dogs and waited it out. One is a great dane so it was a very uncomfortable 45 minutes. The worst was a few years ago, luckily the tornado didn't hit us but it ripped through a town up the road and the storms causing it came through all evening, I swear it was 6 hours of the sirens going off every few minutes. I finally gave up and went to bed upstairs when my husband called me after midnight to tell me to take cover again because there was another storm with rotation coming through. He was working nights at the nuclear plant so of course that's the safest place to be (not sarcasm!). That was a bad bad night.


TrustedChimp495

Where i live we don't get many tornadoes but if we did id be screwed i live in a 100 plus year old home with big pine tree on one side and two smaller ones on the other and our only shelter is our celller which is were the sump pump is so it would likely flood Edit sub pump to sump pump


Fluffyturtle225

The closest thing i have to a shelter in my house is a small box room beneath my stairs. We had a scare two years ago but thankfully it missed the town, it was a very thrilling moment of time listening to 98.9 on an emergency radio


Krumm34

How do y'all not have basements, or at least a storm celler / cold room, seems like a necessity. TORNADO ALLEY, its in the name.


thechaseofspade

Americans are set up to be poor, and live in buildings not designed for the climate… see all of the **mobile homes** that are in tornado alley


TheLifted

Is the nuclear plant the safest place simply because it is designed specifically to be tolerant to tornados? I would assume so but just curious


erin_bex

Yes, it can basically withstand a giant plant crashing in to it. Or a huge earthquake. Or now a Fukushima-level tsunami even though we're nowhere near the ocean. My husband is a senior reactor operator out there, he's been out there for 9 years now, and said (I think, it's been a minute since I've asked him) it's rated to have a tornado throw a SUV at it and it would barely leave a scratch on the building. I was in the reactor building when a massive storm came through and I didn't even know it was happening. Nuclear plants are honestly pretty safe nowadays.


oh_what_a_surprise

Nuclear plants in *America.*


erin_bex

Haha yes. I asked my husband what would cause a Chernobyl level event here and he said it literally would not be possible to make that happen. I sleep better at night knowing that!


CheapsBreh

You get used to it after like the third time the sirens go off. It gets exciting.


fyberoptyk

Friendly advice from tornado alley: if you’re watching one of these, and you do not see it moving from side to side, then it’s actually coming towards you and you need shelter immediately.


squirrelwatch

Yeah this video illustrates that very well, you can see slight left to right forward motion from beginning to end but it’s clearly approaching.


jdmorgan82

Well, clearly you beat the tornado. Best wishes for the cancer.


CastleOfBravo

Ty


GorditaPeaches

I love how you saved the cats then went outside to check the dangerous weather


CastleOfBravo

Luckily now we have a full basement. A house we had 12 years ago had a crawl space and the sirens went off once and imagine trying to shove angry cats through a 2 foot trap door lol. They still are not happy withe right now but that'll get over it.


Chrisetmike

You could try to train them to go downstairs willingly. Our cat gets his moist cat food just before bedtime. He will run down by himself for his treat. If you do the same your cats could go down by themselves. It might make it easier if there is a next time (hopefully never!) I wish you good luck and good health.


hungrydruid

Absolutely depends on the cat and the noise, though. =/ My oldest boy is *terrified* of the fire alarm and will bolt under my bed into the crawlspace that he's clawed out from the fabric of the boxspring. We don't really get tornados where I am but I cannot imagine he'd react differently to a loud, sustained, scary noise.


TaxCPA

Hi neighbor!


CastleOfBravo

Hi, Everyone safe in your parts?


TaxCPA

Yes, thanks for asking!


Throwaway321738

r/TwoRedditorsOneCup


sycolution

I read this as "everything safe in your pants?"


KC2369

Wishing you speedy recovery-kick cancers ass! Hope the tornado didn't do much damage.


CastleOfBravo

Thanks, We need to go inspect the damage but we'll let the locals and emergency services have the roads before we go rubber neck lol


WTF-KP

Weld county?


CastleOfBravo

Yup


man_perkins_

THIS IS IN COLORADO?!


CastleOfBravo

Yea


indil47

This is weird, a friend of mine posted a shot like this from nearly the same angle on IG today… so I automatically assumed it was CO. Glad you’re safe, get well soon, and give those kitties some scritches!


Timemuffin83

Half of Colorado is flatter than Kansas


retirement_savings

I remember driving west through Colorado my first time. I thought "hell yeah, we're done with Kansas, now we get mountains!" Only to see more Kansas for hours.


Richa5280

That John Denver is full of shit.


-weakcraft-

Pecos Hank has a great video on Colorado tornadoes. https://youtu.be/pr6iGk3Z8Fk Weld County is Tornado County.


banditk77

Tornadoes literally suck.


LokiTheTrickstr

Those sirens remind me of Silent Hill


CastleOfBravo

I love that he so much. I was kinda thinking the same thing while it was happening.


owinates_42

You better get underground if a twister doesn't seem to be moving, ITS MOVING TOWARDS YOU. I hope you get over cancer through!


beezer1967

Where do you live? That's so scary!


CastleOfBravo

This is Platteville CO. Just happened about 10 minutes ago. Waited for the all clear and friend/family checks to post this.


koios1031

I was wondering. I live in Loveland and knew there was a tornado spotted south of us. Scary stuff. Do you know if it got anywhere near Mead? My daughter is down there and not answering her phone. Which is typical for her teenage self.


CastleOfBravo

I honestly don't know about Mead. This one does in Platteville and and only moved about a mile or 2. Erie had one and I got video from Dacono and Firestone showing one there. 9 News has all the details.


koios1031

Just got off the phone with her. She isn't sure if it got anywhere near Mead or not. She's in Greeley for some reason. Thank you for the info. Went into protective dad mode.


Alightsole

Greeley here, my phone didn’t even bother to alert me until after the tornado had lifted ಠ_ಠ


koios1031

Alert, you're dead.


UsedToBsmart

Glad you are safe. Hope everyone else is as well.


blackpauli

Holy shit! What a day! Hope all you guys are safe


CrunchCrambler

You know what they say: “When it rains it tornados”


CastleOfBravo

Apparently. It was clear blue and hot like 20 minutes before this and then all hell broke loose. The funny part I went outside, which was dumb but I forgot my hat cuz I have no hair and got pelted with grape sized hail before a rain drop ever fell.vThat felt grrreat!


CrunchCrambler

Was this in Colorado? Heard there was a tornado in Erie


CastleOfBravo

Yea. This is Platteville


VitriolicWyverns

I had never seen a tornado until the day I left Texas for good. (I only lived there for 2 years) Texas decided to see me off with a nice big tornado just outside of Amarillo. It was as beautiful as it was scary.


Flowerlovelife

Fuck ALL cancers.