Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"A Tornado Warning Has Been Issued By The National Weather Service...

This was the view from our back porch about two hours ago. It is looking west. Soon after this
picture was taken, we were put under a tornado warning. It was for east central Burt county. The tornado was indicated by radar a couple of miles north of here. We live in extreme southeastern Burt County. I snapped the next picture which is looking North, Northwest from here.

Then I went inside. Now a couple of hours later it's apparent that the tornado that was just north of us went across the river and hit our neighboring town across the Missouri River. Little Sioux, Iowa is about 6.6 miles north and east of our farm.
Years ago I attended the Boy Scout camp ground there with my oldest son.
We don't yet know the extent of the devastation but the reports are of at least 4 deaths with scores of injuries.
This was I'm sure, going to be one of the highlights of the summer for these Boy Scouts. It now has turned into a nightmare that probably will haunt them and their families an entire lifetime. I can only imagine the anxiety that is overwhelming a lot of families in our region right now as they speed toward this pile of rubble. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and all.


Marc said...


Don't worry too much about emotional effects. I have memories of both Hurricanes and tornadoes here in TX and OK. I am alive, more informed, and not as worried as you are. I am sure the camp leaders would have got the boys under cover. Give us a report!

BTW, it looks like our Aussie friend Lee has started posting again. Glad she is OK.

1 plus twins said...

hope things are ok and effects aren't that bad. i will keep your area in my prayers

sorry i havent posted or been around just going thru some really rough spots lately.

debey said... fragile.
LOSS... so sudden. broken.

In the wake of such a loss, we're haunted by things we don't - and
may never - understand. Yet the solace we seek may not come from
answers. So we look for comfort, in the belief of love's everlasting
connection. May that love lift you, hold you close, and give you

Peter said...

Hi Cliff, as always its sad to hear that the folks in your neighboring town have been clobbered by a tornado we can only hope there is no more loss of lives and not too much devestation.
A bit too close in both time and distance to Blogstock 08, I hope to hear that it is a huge success and that all who attend have a great time.

bobbie said...

Cliff, we have been thinking of you as we hear weather reports, and have been concerned for your safety. Glad that it missed you, but our hearts go out to those who haven't been so lucky.
Your photos are amazing! Strange, how beautiful an impending storm can look

Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

*sigh* We'll keep those families and those lost in our prayers. My understanding is that they had five seconds from the warning until impact. That certainly underscores the necessity of being prepared and acting immediately. On the up side, the level of the Scout's preparation and awareness saved lives that would have otherwise been lost.

Jamie Dawn said...

Any loss of life from a storm always hits me as being so random and terribly sad. I know that where we live after we've had a storm with tornadoes present that comes through or around the area, it seems like right after it passes, the sun is shining and one would never be able to tell that such a threat had just passed by.
I remember talking to my dad on the phone just after some tornadoes had gone north of us and killed some people. I was amazed by how calm the weather was right after the warnings has passed, and I was upset about those families who'd suffered loss of loved ones. How devastating.
The closest hits to us this season were about a half an hour from here in Benton, AR. We see some of the damage whenever we drive to Little Rock.
I prayed for the families involved in the Little Sioux tornado. I'm sure those who experienced the terror of it will certainly be impacted by what happened for a long time.
May I put in a request for good weather during Blogstock? I know you are a pretty powerful guy around there, so please see to it.

Jim said...

Hi Cliff -- We are glad you guys are safe! It is terrible about those boys and the others killed or injured across the river.
That surely was close to you, did you know it was a tornado when you went inside? Do you have a storm cellar?

We live close to Marc. Our tornadoes in our part of Texas are small and aren't very often killers. The hurricanes are. Remember the New Orleans Katrina with thousands of deaths (two times the 9/11) and our Rita (about a hundred, mostly older people who died in the heat exhaustion associated with evacuation). Earthquakes, volcanoes, etc, nature is rough on humans.
I hope you have the weather fixed before Blogstock, can you reverse Global Warming by then?

Rachel said...

I saw this on the news last night Cliff and from the map they showed it looked like it was just across the river from you. They said it was kind of isolated and they probably didn't have much warning. So sad that some were killed. My heart goes out to their families.

terah said...

Cliff, we're glad you're okay! It appears that you heard the warning and headed for the front yard instead of the basement? That's what a lot of people around here do also.

My first thought was about how the surviving scouts will always remember that day. It's so hard to understand death.

Jerry said...

Man, that's too close for comfort. So sad about those boys.

Marc said...

It could have been much worse. Thank GOD that the Scouts were trained and knew what was happening and what to do.

Cliff, is this your area?

Bunch of brave scouts! Bless all of them!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Cliff! I am glad that you and your family are alright. That was a little to close for comfort.
My heart goes out to boy's who lost their live and their families. I wonder too how this will affect the other boys. I know life goes on, but it still. Take care of yourself. Lisa

Shannon said...

So sorry to hear this, hope everything is ok.

Paul Nichols said...

We have spent some time praying for those Boy Scouts and the families of those who lost sons.

Rhodent said...

Glad you and yours are safe. The Midwest is sure having some tough weather this year.

By the way, I was trying to leave a message on Blogstock 08 and could not get in.

Lee said...

We've been keeping up to date down this way about the tornadoes up your way, Cliff. They sound horrific. When Nature goes on a rampage there seems so little us mere humans can do about it, unfortunately. Do stay safe. Take care.

Lucy Stern said...

Cliff, I am so glad that you and your wife are safe and sound. It is a shame that four young boys had to loose their life, but things like that happen. I feel so sad for their families.

JunieRose2005 said...

I'm very sad about this. I keep thinking about those young boys and how awful it had to be for them.

I'm very relieved you and your family are ok!


LZ Blogger said...

Cliff ~ Hey bud... we were thinking about you. I knew that Little Sioux, IA must not be too far from you. I am glad all is well there with you guys. Very Sad about the three boys from Omaha and the one from Iowa who lost their lives. That would be terrible for any parent to have to live through.
I hope you had a great Father's Day yesterday. Take care and don't forget to duck in that basement when those sirens start singing! ~ jb///

Janell said...

I had a long talk with a mother of one of those boys and she had lots of tales of heroism and divine intervention throughout that whole nightmare of a night. I can't begin to repeat the things she told me here, but we agreed that there was a glaring contrast between the way these teenaged "rugged individualists" took care of themselves and the Katrina victims who sat and screamed that help wasn't coming soon enough. I hope I'm not the only one who noticed that.

worldpeace said...

Such scary when looking it in real..