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Have you ever seen a tornado?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 7, 2014

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Photo of Michelle Spreer

“Yeah, one. I lived in Lawrence when I saw it. In 2004, I think.”

Photo of Ziggy Leopold

“I’ve seen lots of funnel clouds and green skies, but never a tornado. But I want to.”

Photo of Ezekiel Rubottom

“I saw “Twister” in theatres. It was wild. I would absolutely love to see a tornado.”

Photo of Tom Fredrick

“I actually have, many times as a child in northeast Iowa.”


Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 8 months ago

I've seen a few, I'd have to stop and think for a while to remember exactly how many. Maybe four? And plus, what counts? Does it count if you see it in the early stages of formation?

And there were a couple that I didn't see. I was a block away from one in the middle of the night, and there were no sirens. And, I was directly underneath another one right here in Lawrence. I didn't actually see that one either. All I saw was the shingles of houses flying way high in the air. That was the only one that produced a fatality, Mr. Stan Pittman, who was inside the K-Mart store here in Lawrence.

That's not at all unusual if you're from western Kansas. Tornadoes are very common out there. The first time I saw one I was about 5 years old, so they've always seemed very ordinary to me.

All they are is a cloud with a tail. Stay away from the tail, and you'll be fine.

Fred Vance 3 years, 8 months ago

I have seen five. One in Oklahoma. One in Lawrence. Two in Topeka. And one waterspout in the South China Sea.

Leslie Swearingen 3 years, 8 months ago

OMG! Fred, to be able to see a waterspout in the South China Sea, how marvelous, that always seemed like such a delightful exotic place, at least it is in movies and books. And, you got to be there. I envy you.

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