The St. Louis area had huge storms last night beginning around dinner time. I'm not remembering that local weather people predicted such violent weather, but that is what we got. I was driving over to my daughter's house around 6 and was on Jamison when all of a sudden a light rain turned to torrents of water, wind and hail. When I started out the light was like every night an hour before dusk, but on Jamison the evening turned dark as midnight. Stop signs were bending in the wind and the rain was coming down in opaque white sheets, hard and blowing low across the roads in such a way that it was impossible to see. It took only minutes before storm drains on Chippewa were gushing water and the driving lanes were ponding. Then the crack crack click on the car. Hail. Not only was it hard to see, hard to drive but now my new truck was getting hit with hail.
Never have I driven in anything like this. When I finally pulled up in front of Lizzie's, there was most her neighbor's big tree laying in the middle of the street. I have to hand it to the neighbors, by 9 they had the mess cut and moved off the road.
In any event we didn't have the tornado Okawville had. Okawville is the area of Dale's first church in Venedy. If you lived in Venedy your kids went to school in Okawville and you shopped in Okawville. So the fact that a tornado landed there worried me. Luckily no one was hurt and the damage was fixable.
We're actually lucky to be living in the age of iphones and hand held video devices because Okawville drivers and residents got some great photos of the tornado. My favorite is this taken by Annette Eade.
Ha, 'possible tornado". Indeed. So many local people submitted photos and video of this 'possible tornado" you have to wonder what this reporter was doing all evening.
The new weather term for this week has been coined as "training". All the local weather people used the word and means, one front after another coming at you in a straight line. Like cars on a train. It began out in Kansas and will come here just like a train. But without all the stops.