Friday, August 10, 2007
This is what happened to my car (just kidding). Very weird here yesterday afternoon. I saw patients here at the office in the morning, and then actually had the afternoon off. This means that I went to the hospital and was in the medical records department doing some paperwork.
As the rain and wind got worse, at around 1:30pm, I said to myself, "At least I can finish more of my paperwork." I did hear some fire engines and police sirens outside. At the time, I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I mean, it is a hospital. There are sirens blaring around here all the time.
Little did I know what was going on outside. Less than a mile from where I was sitting, there as a possible tornado taking place. You'll see pictures of what was happening here, here, here, and here. Sheesh!
Where the picture was taken above was less than half a mile from our office. Authorities had to evacuate the area around the supermarket above because of a propane tank that came loose.
So, what our office staff told me today (because I wasn't here), was that authorities came into the office around 2:30pm yesterday afternoon and evacuated this entire medical complex/plaza. (I was at home at this point underneath my desk.)
It calmed down a bit for a couple of hours, then another line of storms came through. The winds were not as strong later in the afternoon - but a lot more rain. This storm will definitely be the talk of the town today. I may have an update for your later.
Update: Here's a quote from the AP story on the storm -- "Wind also damaged a restaurant and blew out car windows in a supermarket parking lot in Salem, about 15 miles southwest of Youngstown."
at 8:12 AM