As you have probably seen on the news, both Missouri and Kansas were hit pretty hard by tornados this weekend. One big location they are talking about is the city of Sedalia. This weekend, my family decided to go visit my parents in Clinton, about 45 minutes from Sedalia. My wife and I decided to get away for a little bit and went to Warrensburg, 30 minutes from Sedalia, and left Brandon with his grandparents. After we had went through Lowes, a home improvement store, we got out to the car and the tornado alarms went off. Joy! We called my parents and asked what was going on. At that time the two big storms had just formed and were heading our way. So was started booking it home.
Well the first storm went through Warrensburg, with a history of producing tornados that touched down, about 5 minutes after we made it through south on our way to Clinton. The drive is about 30 miles from Warrensburg to Clinton and about 20 minutes into our journey the second storm passed over the road 15 miles between Clinton, putting us 5 minutes ahead of that one. This one had a tornado that was touched down over the highway, at least that is what the news reported, I didn't see it, I was too busy breaking the speed limit. We made it to Clinton fine and did the typical Missouri thing of standing outside watching the storm go by, even though the tornado alarms in Clinton were going off at that time. It is just too amazing to see the cloud's actions in a storm. No tornado were in the storm, so it was mostly safe. During a storm you will see more people outside their homes than any other time of the year. It is quite amazing to see if you are in your car. Reminds me of Independence Day (the movie) when everyone is looking at the ships in the air.
Thinking back, it is weird to think what might of happened if we stayed in the store for an extra 5 minutes, then decided to leave. Inside the building we would not have heard the alarm and wouldn't have thought anything about it. Tim's town got hit pretty hard and KU didn't have school on Monday because 60% of the campus buildings had damage. With this being the first storm, I are sure we are going to have a pretty crazy tornado season this year.