So anyone been in a twister? It appears my house was the first target of many in the NE Columbus F2 tornado.
If you watch this video (Windows Media), its a cell phone video of the twister coming down. That light just past the fountain would be my garage motion flood light.
About that time, im running from the kitchen as i see the wind blowing the opposite direction it normally blows out the back window.
As I flew down the steps, I heard what sounded like a door flying open so I didnt fear too much damage besides wind damage.
My 2 older kids were not scared at all. My new 6 month old was just facinated at the basement she never see's.
Miya, my dog, was scared as hell and I had to physically push her down to the basement and Jackson, my cat, was already in the appropriate place before we ever got there. He may be old, blind and dumb, but he knew something was up.
We wondered how long to wait since we didnt hear anything like a train. After around 5 minutes, we got up and I went to the back door to see any issues and I first saw the tree and said "we got some damage".
My wife went upstairs (we live in a split level) and said "we have alot of damage".
If you have seen the videos of the new builds that have disentigrated, ours was built pretty sturdy. Of course my house is a 1965 stucco and brick $hithouse so it held up quite well.
My poor explorer got nailed...luckily, my basketball hoop saved it from total destruction. That limb actually flew OVER my house from the tree behind my house that has the branch laying on my roof. Thats alot of friggin wind.
All the proof I need to know that the twister touched down on us is this picture of a pretty old arse oak that got snapped like a toothpick
That is right next to my house.
My garage door was blown from the inside out. What happened was my back access door had so much wind the door jam broke causing the garage to blow up like a balloon only to have my garage door give. Im suprised the window in my garage didnt blow out but such is tornado's. You never know why some things go down (trees) but others dont (kids plastic slide never moved).
All in all, im happy to report we are safe, healthy and blessed to be able to continue to live in the house relative to the proximity the tornado was to us. No news stations bothered to look at our house and focused only on the new development across the street. Not that I wanted the pub, but i really seemed like we got ignored in favor the the sexier story across the street.
The only attention I garnered was the Franklin County Auditor for lowering the value of my house for tax purposes and a BUNCH of vulcher "contractors" wanting to remove the tree (fat chance for them).
We called insurance and getting estimates and stuff. Just thought you all would like to know of my story.