I had a silly, goofy me post I was going to do today, but in light of the devastating tornado in Illinois last night; I thought it wouldn’t be very appropriate. I wanted to make a post and say that I am thinking and praying for all who were in the path of that tornado. And praying for the family of the one person who I heard was killed. The last news report I heard this morning there was only one person who died. As the day, clean ups and searches go on, there may be more. I pray not. I have not heard any more at the time of this posting.
It was a big tornado and scary to watch. It took me back to the 1966 tornado in Topeka, Kansas that I survived. That tornado was a half mile wide also, and destroyed a lot of homes and damaged a lot of business.The damage was about $100 million dollars.
We lived on the east side of Topeka then and had some damage, but mostly a LOT of debris. We were at my grandparents house that had an old spooky dirty cellar. The only problem with that was that is would fill up with water if it rained hard. I was 10 then and I had always imagined snakes hiding in the walls. Ugh! The neighbor right next door to the north of grandma/pa’s house had a cellar as well, but it was dryer and used for some canning if I remember correctly. There were benches to sit on and big black pipes above our heads. I really can’t remember if they were gas pipes or what. I just remember thinking I hope we don’t get blown up. There was a lot of people in there that afternoon. Six of my family and our dog. Three of the owners family and their dog. And two other neighbors one the north of the owners. And of course their dog too. It was crowded, but we were safe.
I do remember grandpa saying oh nothing will happen, so most of us were in the cellar and he stayed up top for awhile. I think my brother was up there too. But when it turned a little more green and the train noise started, Grandpa came down very fast. I never seen an old man move so fast. I am not sure on this fact but I think they were having trouble getting the door shut and secured. About all I remember at that time was the roar. And it was pitch black as the lights had gone off. My brother was sitting right next to Maxine who lived in the house of the cellar. He said she was shaking terribly. Someone said they could hear tin falling. All I could hear was the roar. And it seemed to last a long time. It wasn’t all that long, but it felt like it. When we finally heard the all clear on the radio, we came up to debris everywhere. There was a small tree just to the south of the cellar door that had been knocked over. If it had fallen about a foot or two more to the north, we would have been blocked in because it would have fallen on the door. I don’t have any of the pictures that were taken to show. Mom’s car was pasted with debris but not damaged. On of the front windows on Grandma/pa’s house was always a little crooked after that. We found a dress in their yard, and the matching belt on our yard about two blocks away.
We were luckier than the rest of Topeka west of us. They were hit pretty hard. I added some links after these pictures it anyone is interested in looking through some articles and pictures. I personally do not want to go through another tornado. Once in a lifetime is enough for me. Again prayers for anyone who has to go through one.
Stay Safe and God Bless!