Friday, August 15, 2008

Tornado warning in NYC.

Um, okay, then. Tornado warnings. In Manhattan and the Bronx. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Cos from my office window? It looks like the Apocalypse is heading for midtown in about five minutes.

Here's what we received a little while ago:
* TORNADO WARNING FOR... NEW YORK (MANHATTAN) COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK... BRONX COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK... EASTERN BERGEN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY...

* UNTIL 545 PM EDT...

* AT 515 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR ENGLEWOOD... OR NEAR BERGENFIELD...MOVING EAST AT 19 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... RIVERDALE BY 525 PM... EAST TREMONT BY 530 PM... CO-OP CITY AND CITY ISLAND BY 540 PM...

IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO...THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES... EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

LAT...LON 4094 7404 4097 7390 4093 7390 4091 7386 4091 7384 4089 7383 4089 7379 4086 7379 4086 7380 4083 7379 4083 7406 TIME...MOT... LOC 2116Z 268DEG 16KT 4090 7396
Not such thing as global warming, he says. All made up by them damned liberals, he says. The environment is fine, he says. Mutter mutter mutter...

15 comments:

SLF said...

Hey, yer not supposed to be in front of the window. I grew up in Oklahoma. I know these things. Got a parking garage under that high-rise?

Nathan said...

Not supposed to be in front of the window? Hell, I was hanging out the 6th floor to get a decent shot.

(Pic on my blog of the evil impending sky!)

C. Taylor said...

Yeah, we had one of those nasty storms lingering over our house right around the time that tornado hit New Hampshire, only 10 minutes from here. Scary.

Maybe when the White House floats away from the melting polar caps, it'll finally hit home.

Mags said...

Um, you're okay, right?

It's 7:56 EST. Good to go?

Deborah Blake said...

At least you'd have a really good excuse for being behind on query reading. "Sorry, must have lost it in the TORNADO."

Duck and cover, folks--the gods are PISSED.

Elissa M said...

I HATE tornadoes. Insisted on buying a house with a basement when we were stationed at Ft. Campbell. Tornadoes only hit Clarksville twice in the two years we were there. At Ft. Benning though, I got to see cloud rotation right over our house. I have a weather radio. I know exactly what those warnings sound like. I'm in the basement before they finish the first sentence.

C. Taylor said...

You do have some place safe to go, right? Please say yes.

annathepiper said...

Holy crap! Hope everybody there stays safe; tornados give me the willies. They're one of the aspects of Midwest weather I just do not miss.

Take care!

Jeff said...

Scroll down to check out the photo of the tornado at the bottom of this post. I took these from my backyard last February.

http://jeffcrook.blogspot.com/2008/02/anatomy-of-lightning-strike.html

I wasn't expecting to see a tornado. There were some amazing lightning strikes north of my house so I stepped outside to film them. I happened to look west and saw this thing in the gap between two houses. It was actually about three miles away. As I took this picture, it was hitting a warehouse and killing somebody. A few minutes later it hit a mall. Nobody was hurt there, but the Sears was totalled.

leesmiley said...

I'm with elissa. I live about two hours west of Clarksville, TN, and thanks to global warming, Tornado Alley has been extended right through here. I had a friend killed along with her husband in one two years ago, plus earlier this year we had one level Union University--the second one in five years to demolish parts of the campus.

West Tennessee--it's like living in a dunking booth over a big tub of Mother Nature brand whoop-ass.

S. E. Ward said...

I checked MSNBC, and I didn't see any "NEW YORK WIPED FROM FACE OF EARTH" stories, so I'm going to assume that either it didn't touch down or touched very briefly. Still, when did New York end up in Oklahoma?

If you get another warning, though, you're going to the basement. :P Thirty plus years in Oklahoma have taught me something.

Loquacious Me said...

See, here in Missouri, when the tornado siren goes off it's the signal for all males in the area to run out into the front yard with a video camera.

Don't do that.

Jeff said...

loquacious, as one of those males, formerly of Jonesboro AR, let me say that I feel better knowing where the damn thing is. I don't do huddling, unless the tornado is on the doorstep, then I'm under the sink with the cats and kids.

In Memphis, where I live now, there's almost no point going outside, because you won't see it until it really is on your doorstep. The photo I took earlier this year was sheer luck.

That tornado, by the way, is probably the same one that hit Union University, mentioned by commentor leesmiley. Same night, same storm, anyway.

davidkeck said...

A shocker. NYC isn't exactly in Tornado Alley. I didn't even hear about the warning until it was long over -- interestingly I was down a deep nasty hole the whole time, so probably safe. (Deep nasty hole: subway, of course).

Southern Writer said...

Hey Jeff, I remember that tornado. It wiped out a brand new multi-million dollar distribution facility at Airways and Stateline Road. They had only recently finished building that sucker. Remember the straightline winds storm from a few years ago? That did more (widespread) damage than the tornado, in terms of felled trees, stop lights, power outages, etc. I LOVE nasty weather. I think it's exciting, but I do worry about this huge oak tree in my yard. Its canopy covers my entire yard and half my neighbor's. If it fell in the wrong direction, I'm guessing it would crush three houses.

Anyway, I hope everyone there in NYC is safe and your adrenaline level has returned to its normal point.