Here on the Kansas plains we are familiar with tornadoes, even though most of us have never seen one. We know they are relatively small, violent storms with short lives on the ground. Hurricanes … on the other hand … feature sustained winds, sometimes a hundred miles an hour or more … for many hours.
We got a taste of hurricane conditions the other day in Wichita … as a squall line hit the city’s west side, made a sharp right turn, and hammered the south side.
I sat near 45th and Maize Road as the storm hit. I did updates on the radio as my small S-U-V rocked … and rocked … and rocked …
The wind just kept blowing … for 15 or 20 minutes. I’ve never seen anything like it.
The tree and limb damage was extensive. Thousands of Wichitans … including my mother … lost power for two or three days. City officials say it will take three weeks to clean up the debris.
What a storm!
Our thought for today is from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Nature is reckless of the individual. When she has points to carry, she carries them.”