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First tornado... sort of

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  1. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,540 posts, 652 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    so I was almost to the lake today with my trailer in tow. The plan was to bring the boat home for a spring cleaning and to install a few new toys before the spring trip. The sky starter looking funky!!!!

    I said to my daughter that we should bail. I didn’t want to have the mast half down when a gust of wind knocks it sideways and tears things up.
    Just got home when the NOAA radar ap on my phone goes nuts and says there is a tornado in my area. We hid in the basement. We were lucky. We lost a bunch of trees and power but a tenth of a mile from my house ... entire houses are gone.

    I’m very glad we decided to bail on lowering the mast today.
     


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  2. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,338 posts, 405 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    Glad your safe. Trees can grow back. Family can’t
     


  3. kloudie1

    kloudie1

    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,612 posts, 421 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    Nasty front pushing through.. Glad yall didn't have any damage..
     


  4. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,540 posts, 652 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    My next door neighbor's garage is gone. Just noticed that this morning. It is weird how focused the damage is. It looks like the twister passed within 100' of my front door. My front yard had most of the trees flattened and the back yard looks normal.
     


  5. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,095 posts, 711 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Jeebus.
    Skillfully avoided, @rgranger . Sorry for everyone's losses.
     


  6. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,540 posts, 652 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    As one of my former teachers used to love to say to me... "Granger! I guess it is better to be lucky than smart"
     


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  7. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    6,095 posts, 711 likes
    Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    You're lucky it was only one of your former teachers. All my teachers told me that. :wink:
     


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  8. rgranger

    rgranger

    Joined Jan 19, 2010
    4,540 posts, 652 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Smith Mountain Lake
    :thumbup:
     


  9. Gunni

    Gunni

    Joined Mar 16, 2010
    4,841 posts, 827 likes
    Beneteau 411 Oceanis
    US Annapolis
  10. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    979 posts, 27 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Must be the sailor in you. Keeping an eye on the weather and acting accordingly. Good idea to head for the basement.
     



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