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Tim
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0 posted 05-05-2007 12:28 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

It appears a major tornado has struck the town of Greensburg here in Kansas.

Initial reports are sketchy as communications to the town are down, including the sheriff and police departments.

They are now sending in emergency personel from adjoining counties to assist in search and rescue and to transport the injured to Wichita and surrounding hospitals.  They are trying to get the air med helicopters into the area.

Apparently the tornado has just moved into the county to the west of us and would be 90 miles or so southwest of Sunshine. Salina is not in the line of the storm at this time.

Please keep the residents of Greensburg in your prayers and those in the path of the tornado.

They just announced a second town is directly in the path of the tornado which has been on the ground for over thirty miles.  

They just announced the damage path is a mile wide through Greensburg and have called for anyone with medical training in this part of the state who can should go to Greensburg to assist.
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1 posted 05-05-2007 01:03 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

they just confirmed the tornado hit the second town.  The storm is about thirty miles straight west of us.
It is an awesome lightening display to the west.
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2 posted 05-05-2007 01:18 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

They just announced the downtown area of Greensburg is virtually gone.

The tornado is still on the ground and entering another county.  It is about twenty-five miles from us now and has passed us to the west.  

It should pass to the west of Salina also.
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3 posted 05-05-2007 01:52 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Dear Lord I saw this was coming on our news in Canada, and thought about my friends down there.  You sure have my thoughts and prayers, and to all those that was in this path, may they find the strength to get through this.   By the way Tim, to me no lightning or thunder is awesome - it scares the beejillies out of me.

Prayers are out there for Sunshine and her family, and Cphat Hair and his, and of course any other members in that area.  Hope you all keep us posted, and that any damage sneaks past all of you.
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4 posted 05-05-2007 02:04 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

Mysteria, tornadoes are a common occurence down here, but this is a big one.

Usually they die down by this time of night, but this one just keeps going.  

It went by to the west of us, but in its present path, it should come pretty close to Salina in an hour or two.  It looks like it will go to the west of Salina, but you never can be sure.  I suspect Sunshine is watching the skies pretty close right now.

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5 posted 05-05-2007 02:16 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

My American geography is not up to par, so I just looked at a good map.  Well, in light of the horrific event going on, I found something that made me actually smile. It was that I realized where the saying,  "Get Out Of Dodge" must have come from.  I didn't even know there was a real Dodge City, and hope they are not in the path of this.  I also did a bit of research and saw people down there actually "chase" these things?  I think I will be praying for them too.  
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6 posted 05-05-2007 02:19 AM       View Profile for Tim   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tim

you made me smile, yes, Dodge City exists, they still have the Long Branch saloon and real live cowboys.

The tornado has caused damage to four towns now, but has switched to a more northern path and should pass to the county to the west of Sunshine's home.  They just issued a tornado warning for the county to the west, so it appears Salina is safe.
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7 posted 05-05-2007 02:26 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

That's great news, thanks for posting it, now I can actually sleep knowing our friends are safe.  Amazing how close you become to people in this place, that you will probably never even meet.  The internet has created some good at least anyway.

I am glad you and your family are safe Tim.  Take care.
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My prayers are certainly with all of those in the path of these horrific tornadoes~

Having felt the brunt of the Christmas Day 2006, tornadoes here in Florida and again just a couple of months ago (where many of our neighbors just down the road lost all they had) ... I can sympathize with all of those who have lost so much~

Hoping that all our PiP members check in with us to let us know they are safe~

Thank you, Tim for the news~

*Huglets*
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Thank you, Tim - For keeping us updated on the progress of this sad and catastrophic news.  Heartfelt prayers are abundant for all in harm's way.  Please continue to let us know how all of these communities are faring...

Many thanks..
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10 posted 05-05-2007 09:39 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Greensburg may end up being a literal ghost town.  Most of it was destroyed.  The reports this morning state that the death loss thus far has been but one. I'm afraid, though, as the search and rescue missions begin, there will be more.

Even the local hospital in Greensburg was destroyed, and the hospital patients were evacuated to Pratt.

Salina is 151 miles away from Greensburg.  Tim is a little closer from his location.  Tim, I'm glad you're OK.  Cpat and his family are on the east side of the state, so I am fairly sure he is ok as well.

Like Tim, we had the heavy winds, a lot of lightening from midnight on, and some rain.  

Please, folks, keep your prayers out there for the families in the areas that were hit.  It's going to be a long spell for all of them.

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11 posted 05-05-2007 09:47 AM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

They will all be in my prayers. I'm glad all my Passions buddies are okay.

Thanks for the info Tim and Karilea. I didn't watch the news yet today.
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12 posted 05-05-2007 10:08 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

With hurricanes here in Florida you get enough warning to evacuate. With a tornado there is no time.

My prayers and thoughts go out to anyone suffering loss of life or home today. Sad. Very sad.

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13 posted 05-05-2007 10:11 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I've sent an email to Smartchick as I'm not sure if she was in the path of the Oklahoma weather.  Forecasts for today are "more of the same."

http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Greensburg/
http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Greensburg/history.html


As you can view from the link, Greensburg was a quaint, tourist town.

The only saving grace that most homeowners would have in their area are their basements.  My prayers are with the search and rescue teams, that they will uncover a lot of people who made it through.

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14 posted 05-05-2007 10:48 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

http://www.cnn.com:80/2007/WEATHER/05/05/severe.weather/index.html

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Tim and Karilea...Thank you for letting us know.  I'm sending my tornado-be-gone equipment as I write this and I know that you guys will be fine.  I have it on good authority.  All of those already touched by this weather are in my thoughts.  
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16 posted 05-05-2007 12:55 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I was glad to read they got those 30 people rescued from the hospital that collapsed, but so sorry for the folks of that town.  I had no idea there was no warning given on these twisters.  I am just glad those I know are okay and will be praying for, and watching how to help the rest.

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17 posted 05-05-2007 01:28 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

There was a siren going for 15 minutes, Sharon, before the winds cut power, and the system collapsed due to loss of electricity.  The schools, hospital, stores, shops...just about everything has been eradicated.

The City Manager, however, states that rebuilding will occur.  It will take time.  They are still searching for more people.

The storms in Kansas are beginning to build again to the West of Hutchinson and Salina.  It will be another day/night to watch.  To all my Kansas friends who may be reading, take care.

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http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/04/26/3/?nc=1

The last big tornado to do a lot of damage to a Kansas town was five years ago in April, 2001.  For those of you who have never lived in "tornado alley" or in areas that experience such weather, you'd be surprised at the tenacity [much like Louisianans] and the fact that everyone doesn't think to leave, but indeed, come back, and rebuild.

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My prayers are with you all...I pray there are no more twisters today or tonight...
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http://skyways.lib.ks.us/counties/#cmap

Here is a link that names both cities, and counties, as well as provides you all with a map.  It will help a bit if you are watching/listening, to know where towns and their counties are.  

I want to thank those of you who have emailed me and others to ask about our area.  We've had several storms pop up all over the area.  It's just the season.  However, I continue to pray that any other tornadoes that decide to clean house will do it out in the fields where the dessicated wheat is laying down from our 18 degree weather a few weeks ago.

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21 posted 05-05-2007 07:43 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

My heartfelt sympathies to all who have suffered from nature's destructive side.
Hold your loved ones close....
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22 posted 05-05-2007 07:59 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Tim may join in again soon.  His area is under more concern than mine is at this time.  Keep in mind, folks, that most of our state have homes that have basements in town  and/or cellars out in the farm areas, and that is our safe guard in most instances.

Again, I thank those who have been checking in via email and IM.  It's a scary time, yes, and those who watch the skies and the news just "know" that bad weather is part and parcel of the midwest.

Hugs to you all.

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I heard from SmartChick/Sue, she's fine ... says all she was getting was some high winds ... but A-Okay there~

The televised devastation is horrible ... keeping all in prayer vigil~
*Huglets*
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24 posted 05-06-2007 11:26 AM       View Profile for Margherita   Email Margherita   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Margherita

That was really rough! I join in prayer for all involved, may all be safe and find help and assistance.
Love,
Margherita
 
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