I have a sister who lives in SW Kansas. She lives in the country (it's all pretty much "country") and has a darn good view for storm-watching. I like to watch storms, too, but I'm in an old neighborhood in a small city -- tall houses and tall trees block my view.
We had a doozy roll through last night. Emergency sirens went off three or four times (makes for TENSE knitting). A was at a friend's house across town and called from the basement (they'd been trying to have a little backyard fire). I was actually outside, watching the clouds. It was SO weird. We were right on the edge and I could see the clouds rolling and moving -- fast. Then I heard it. Half a block away, some neighbors had a better view. They saw debris flying, and saw a tornado touch down -- across town -- where A was! Thank God she has a cell phone!! I didn't see it; I only heard it, and it was eery. It sounded like a train, just as they say.
It truly is amazing. You always see it on TV, how a tornado smashes one house to smithereens and the one next door is untouched. A was maybe a mile away -- and it was SO different where she was. She saw "birds" flying way up high, and then realized that it was STUFF flying through the air -- that's when they hit the basement. When it was over, she said that insulation was all over the yard and the street -- a building had been damaged a few blocks away. I don't think anyone was injured, but emergency vehicles could be heard for quite a while afterwards.
I saw some of the damage myself on the way to work this morning. Insulation was even hanging from the power lines. There were still a lot of emergency vehicles in the area, and at least one road was closed.
So weird. I did some knitting, but that news will have to wait 'til later.