I love a good thunderstorm. Seattle does not get them very often. England did, though they had a tendency to cause a catastrophic number of alarms to go off if lightning struck anywhere near the base. Then there is Oklahoma. I am right in the midst of Tornado Alley. A year before I got here, a nasty tornado caused significant damage to parts of the base, to include uprooting one of the installation gates. Last year, I responded to a scene where lightning struck the tail of one of our planes. Thankfully, no one was near the plane when it happened. It was kind of surreal going out there, because I had seen the lightning bolt responsible strike somewhere on the flight line. Then came the dispatch.
Still, I love thunderstorms. So, when I was woken up by one earlier, I felt quite refreshed. It did not take me long to know it was a severe thunderstorm. Listening to the near constant rumble above my apartment told me that much. The e-mails I was getting from Rob, who was watching the weather channel at work, provided the rest.
Several tornadoes have touched down, though none were near me, I think. Several homes were destroyed north of me. A Chuck-E-Cheese sustained damage. The Target across the street from the Chuck-E-Cheese sustained damage to its roof. Rob commented that pieces of the roof littered the parking lot. People are without power. Looking at the weather map, it looks like the worst of the storm has moved northeast of where I am, though there remains potential for another wave to hit. I will keep monitoring the weather map and my e-mail, since Rob is still e-mailing updates and such.