midwest tornado

seltayuniverse  asked:

Planning for the tour. Way 2017 weather has been in Illinois it might still be fall weather by then. LOL! I will bring shorts too just in case.

Who knows? Midwest weather could be literally anything at any time. One time we had 70 degrees and hail in February that in a few hours time turned into an ice storm and 30 degree weather for a week. Snow in April is a common occurrence. December could have no snow or blizzards every week!

my midwest tornado experience (only 1 bc most of michigan really doesn’t get a lot of tornadoes) is that i was at a barn & the horses started acting very unpredictable and dangerous & it turned out to be a tornado and we were directly in its path so everyone had to go in the shitty office (barely a building, made of dust hot glue and plywood) basement & wait it out & all the happened was it got close and then hopped over our location and continued on the same path and we had to go catch the horses & look for damage 

you could fall in love with me at the drop of a pen. i’m easy. like that book you couldn’t put down, you’ll get sucked into my depth and into my darkness. it won’t be hard. there will be no friction between our minds. you’ll find yourself stuck on beautiful melodies of piano keys. crying cellos and the sweetest violins. but winter comes hard in my heart. even summer vines crawling up warm brick walls die in the cold. i’m not like the plants in your mothers yard though. you can’t throw blankets over me to shield the cold. i’m a hurricane. looming over the Gulf of Mexico. you’re the quiet innocent shoreline. i’m a Midwest tornado in the distance. you’re the beautiful old barn. i’m what’s wrong. you hit me harder than my favorite song.


Stratford, Iowa
Population: 743

“Stratford was platted in 1880. It was named after Stratford-upon-Avon, in England.  A post office has been in operation in Stratford since 1881.  Stratford was actually first founded at Hook’s Point, Hamilton County, Iowa. Stratford had a train coming through from 1880 until World War Two.  An F3 tornado struck Stratford on November 12, 2005.”

anonymous asked:

Do you have any old house/broken house setting prompts? (i.e the washroom lights are burnt out and the mirror is smashed)

in a tiny white house in florida, sitting on a beer-can-covered counter, legs spread apart, a boy between them. a dusty old attic filled with dead rats and flies. seeing half your face in a splintered mirror. washing machine making dangerous sounds. midwest: watching a tornado funnel form from a window that won’t shut all the way. grass in the yard growing tall. girls carrying stray cats home. a cellar door swinging open and a man you never wanted to see ever again stepping through it, into the light. snake skins and insect carapaces organized on a torn mattress. girlfriend scrubbing the blood off her arms in the bathtub. a lovely place god abandoned.


Oelwein, Iowa
Population: 6,415

“The town of Oelwein was laid out in a corn field purchased from Gustav Oelwein on the coming of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Minnesota Railroad (later called the Rock Island) in 1872. Some years later the two dividing streets of Oelwein were named after his sons, Frederick and Charles.

The town of Oelwein is named after the Oelwein family, but they were not the original settlers of the land. On the contrary, it was entered by a professional man at Dubuque, who made it his business to enter land, add a good fee for his trouble, plus a high rate of interest, and then not turn it over to the man in whose name it was registered until he was able to pay the price. Oelwein’s present site was entered in 1852 by J. B. Burch. The hamlet of Oelwein was instituted in 1873, and was incorporated as a town in 1888, with Dr. Loban Pattison becoming its first mayor. The town suffered its chief setback in 1887, when nearly all of the old Main Street business district (now First Avenue SE) was destroyed by fire.

In 1968, the town suffered another setback when a tornado swept through the main business district. 68 homes were destroyed, including some in F5 damage, 132 sustained major damage and 600 sustained less damage. Every business in the district suffered damage including 51 that were destroyed. Two churches, an elementary school, and the middle school were destroyed. Extensive damage was also done in nearby Maynard. Along the path, 5 people died (one in Oelwein), 156 were injured, and $21 million worth of ($18 million in Oelwein) damage was done, inflated to $130.4 million today.”

Seeing this sort of thing on the news, is always devastating. Actually having it happen to your hometown, even worse. I never would have believed. We have always had close calls , but this time it went straight through my town.

This is my friends house. That is my friends moms car in their basement. They all got out okay, and to be honest, with this disaster I can only be extremely thankful. Because no one I know has been hurt. And to all my followers, I am okay. My house is intact. I didn’t lose anything and again, I’m extremely grateful, as I was just a couple miles away.

I really want to get out there and help, but things are so crazy. You need proof of residency to even get into town. It makes sense, but so far I can’t get out to do anything and I’m going crazy.


Otley, Iowa
Population: Unincorporated

“Otley is a small unincorporated community in Marion County, Iowa, United States. Governed by state laws and county ordinances. It is located approximately 45 miles southeast of the capital, Des Moines, on Iowa Highway 163. The US Post Office has a ZIP Code of 50214. Otley has one post office and is home to Van Haaften Racing, Mills Mid-Iowa Machinery, LLC, Otley Reformed Church, and Two Rivers Co-op. Otley was originally a coal-mining town and became agricultural after the mine shut down.”

anonymous asked:

Can you explain the tornado siren post? - a confused californian

in the Midwest, especially tornado alley, they test tornado sirens regularly, usually weekly.

anonymous asked:

What's scarier, this incoming storm or that sandstorm you survived?

Hmm. The sandstorm. I’m no stranger to dangerous winds - the Midwest is prone to tornadoes and high winds that rip across our farmlands, destroying our corn-based cults. You get out of floodlands and turn your basement into a makeshift bunker, play some board games, and hope the town is still there in the morning. I’m a little nervous about the upcoming storm, ‘cause I don’t have a basement and we’re remote enough that things could take a while to fix up again. But, my house has a backup generator and almost everyone here has some survivalist training. Mostly I’m worried about our facility - our zipline and high ropes setups might get seriously damaged or destroyed by high winds or falling trees. I predict we’ll get a lot of use out of the chainsaws next week….

I had no shelter from the sandstorm, and my camel had a metal saddle and couldn’t walk in wet sand. Oh, yeah, and my guide didn’t really know how to avoid getting hit by lightning… definitely thought I was gonna die that day.

First thought I had waking up: if you’re in the zombie apocalypse, not only will you have to survive the zombies, but you’ll have nature to deal with also. I live in the Midwest where tornadoes are common. And then I got to thinking about zombies getting sucked up in the tornado and flung out. So there you are miles away thinking you’re all safe and sound when a zombie head falls out of the sky and bites you.
I basically imagined Sharknado, but with zombies.

But you have to be prepared for all situations, I guess.