May

26

 We just had a tornado pass within a few hundred yards of my office.

I watched it out the back window until it got within a few hundred yards of the office then I ran out of the office to safety of the stairway. Unfortunately, my 17 employees ran into the south stairway…which was on the same side of the building that the tornado was on…..so I had to run down there scream at them all to get to the middle stairway. Of course, my step mother, Patti, was down there, too. Patti has Muscular Dystrophy and can't do stairs. So I had to throw her on my back, carry her up two flights of stairs, run 100 yards down the hall with her on my back, then carry her down the middle stairway, and finally drop her off in that vestibule.

No one was hurt…but my back is gonna be sore tonight!

All in all, it was quite exhilarating!


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  1. Ralph Di Fiore on May 26, 2011 3:38 pm

    Sounds like a harrowing experience Scott. Glad to hear you are all safe. Back aches heal. Our farm was hit by an F4 tornado in 1985 in the Barrie tornado outbreak.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985_Barrie_tornado_outbreak

    Every building except the house was destroyed. An old thrashing machine from the early 1900s was hurled almost 200 meters and crumpled to a quarter of its original size.

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