I made a Google Map to illustrate the path of Saturday’s tornado, complete with the location of my house, my parents house and my job. I was just arriving at work, the farthest of the three points from the storm, when the warnings hit. It was all over within about 20 minutes – the tornado had traveled from Picher, Oklahoma where it killed at least 6 people, to northern Newton County where it killed at least 5, across Newon County, through Granby, within a mile of my house, to Newtonia and off on its way to Branson.
It was in Branson, 70 miles southeast, about 90 minutes after it started.
The blue dot north of the path is my parents house. The farthest blue dot north is where I was when it started. The blue dot hiding in the cluster at the southeast, just north of the path, is my house. (The posting of the map is is not an invitation to come visit, unless you come bearing Guiness or a book deal.)
My parents are without power. Obviously, I’m not. I have a few tree limbs to pick up and a big one landed on my mailbox, but everyone I know survived.
Two interesting notes.
The Turner Report (in my “Regular Reads” links) has excellent coverage from all the local and national news sources. Rather than link to a specific story, I’ll just refer you to look at the Turner Report generally.
Anyway, here’s the map with one photo I took of some sheet metal wrapped around a downed tree.